Ex-Militants Protest Unpaid Benefits At Eagles Square

By Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

Ex-militants in the Niger Delta under the amnesty programme yesterday stormed Eagle Square Abuja to protest unpaid amnesty benefits.

The group hinted The post that they chose to protest in Abuja to alert the Presidency and National House of Assembly that the leaders of the amnesty programme have failed to honour the agreement reached with the Federal Government.

Commander Paul Wakirigbo, one of the leaders of the protesters, who called The post from the Eagle Square Abuja during the protest said they will also visit the National House of Assembly to make their grievances known.

He also noted that it has become necessary for the Federal Government to honour the agreement reach between them and the ex-militants especially now there are calls for Boko Haram amnesty.

He said: “We are at the Eagle Square Abuja and we will leave there for the National House of Assembly. We are the third phase of the amnesty programme and we have not been paid and the Federal Government is busy suggesting how to give amnesty to Boko Haram.

“It is unacceptable, that Boko Haram will be granted amnesty when they have no agenda, the truth is that we are going back to the creeks soonest and this time around it is going to be war.

He also said giving amnesty to Boko Haram means encouraging more militancy in the Niger Delta Region. “We were offered amnesty because the reason for our agitation was clear; don’t be surprised if Federal Government give amnesty to Boko Haram, there will be more group of agitators in Nigeria.