Friday, 11 April 2014

Ex Niger Delta Militants Sue FG Over Non Inclusion In Amnesty Programmes

In a bizarre turn of events, scores of aggrieved former Militant Youths from Bayelsa and Delta States Thursday approached the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa seeking an order compelling the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman of the Amnesty Implementation Committee, Kingsley Kuku and the Amnesty Committee to honour an agreement reached with the Federal Government for their inclusion in the Amnesty programme.

The suit is coming four years after participation in the programme was closed by the federal government.
The youths in the Suit FHC/YNG/123/2014 filed before the Justice Lambo Akanbi, claimed that they were former militants that had accepted Amnesty under the Third Phase and surrendered their weapons to the Federal Government through the Amnesty Office in 2011 under the Peace Initiative of the Federal Government.
But claimed that the Amnesty Committee erred by refusing to include them in the ongoing amnesty programme after series of resolutions from meetings with the past and present National Security Advisers to the President, Late General Owoye Azazi and Col. Dasuki Sambo respectively

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