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Ex-militants issue warning to Nigerian government

Niger Delta ex-militants have warned the Nigerian Government to urgently clear backlog of all unpaid monthly allowances owed them.

They also reminded government of housing allowances promised during the disarmament segment of the amnesty programme, saying they were running out of patience.

National Chairman, Phase II ex-militants, Stephen Ebisinte, spoke in a chat with newsmen on Thursday.

He noted that the ex-agitators had worked hard to ensure sustainable peace in the region for the well-being of the nation but were being unfairly treated.

Ebisinte noted that their monthly stipends had not been paid in the last six months, alarming that the situation may puncture the fragile peace in the Niger Delta.

He called on the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, to release approved funds to enable the Amnesty Office effect payment of the over-delayed outstanding arrears.

 “This kind treatment is not supposed to occur when ex-militants have been working to maintain the peace in the region.

“Many of us have nowhere to stay right now in town and are willing to go back to the creeks since government has not fulfilled the accommodation promised us,” Ebisinte lamented.

Meanwhile, a coalition of Niger Delta militants, has insisted that Northerners living in the South-sout region should leave, despite Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s warning against hate speeches and threats.

In a statement released on Thursday, the militant groups expressed anger that none of the leaders of the northern groups that issued the quit notice to Igbos had been arrested.

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