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3,000 Ex-Militants Demand Inclusion In Amnesty Programme

Nigerian militant commander Ateke Tom addresses the media as arms surrendered by former Nigerian militants are displayed at an arms collection centre at the tourist beach in the oil hub Port Harcourt October 3, 2009. Hundreds of Nigerian rebel fighters gave up their weapons and accepted an amnesty deal on Saturday in the most concerted effort yet to end years of fighting in the oil-producing Niger Delta. Militant commanders Tom and Farah Dagogo, both responsible for years of attacks on the oil industry in the eastern Niger Delta, led gunmen from camps in the mangrove creeks to the oil hub of Port Harcourt to disarm. Picture taken October 3, 2009. REUTERS/Austin Ekeinde (NIGERIA CONFLICT IMAGES OF THE DAY)

EX-MILITANTS, under the aegis of Justice Group, yesterday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Program, Prof. Charles Dokubo, to integrate them into the programme.

The 3,000 undocumented ex-agitators alleged that they were marginalised by past leaderships of the amnesty office and the Federal Government.

In the letter written on their behalf by their solicitor, Mr. R. Inabowa, they said: “Recently, few executive members of the Justice Group met with the Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta with assurance that in a few weeks, he will ensure that we are included in the scheme.

“As requested after our meeting with Prof. Charles Dokubo, we sent documents, publications and some JTF reports for his perusal. In the meeting, the ex-agitators pledged their loyalty and readiness to work with his office for mobilization and intensive campaign in the Niger Delta region for the All Progressives Congress, APC, ahead of the 2019 general election if given a sense of belonging.”

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