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Militants accuse politicians of hijacking amnesty programme

Militants accuse politicians of hijacking amnesty programme
November 09
11:59 2017
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United Sea Wolf Avenger, a militant group in Ondo state, has accused politicians of hijacking the federal government’s amnesty programme in the state.

The group claimed that the politicians allocate the slots to their children, friends and allies.

The group made the allegation in a statement by Deji Ehinmowo, its leader; Akinfemi Raymon, general secretary, and Ogbaro Ariyo, its adviser.

On October 23, the state government announced that the federal government would incorporate ex-militants who are willing to submit their arms for the programme.

The group however said its members of over 400 from five camps in the state were neglected.

“We humbly want to alert Nigerians and the Federal Government that politicians in Ondo State are about to compromise the standard and integrity that the Nigerian security personnel has built over the years by hijacking the second phase of the amnesty programme,” the statement read.

“This is evidence in the outcome of the series of their meetings where Amnesty slots were given to their children, traditional rulers, friends in their political wards and units.

“The 2009 Amnesty programme was not for political patronage. The then government didn’t consider Amnesty slot to any political, religious and traditional leader.

“It is our strong belief that the purpose of the Amnesty programme is to mop up arms and achieve the desired peace in the oil-rich region of Ondo State to attract investors to exploit the numerous natural resources that bound in the riverine community for the benefit of our people in the state and Nigeria at large.

“We want to put it on record that fake people had been recruited as militants into the second phase of the Amnesty programme in Ondo State by politicians in the state for political patronage.

“It is with a strong belief that the present government in Ondo State is playing politics with the Amnesty programme without involving us in the process.

“We are using this opportunity to inform President Muhammadu Buhari, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and the security personnel that over 400 militants in our camp are ready to surrender arms in their possession if the government is ready to dialogue with us.”

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