Soldiers on Sunday foiled a protest by ex-
militants under the presidential amnesty
programme in Warri and Effurun, Delta
State.
The protest, it was learnt, was in
connection with delayed payment of their
monthly stipends,
Our correspondents gathered that the ex-
militants drawn from phase 1 and 2 of the
amnesty programme had not received
their stipends for three months.
The presence of soldiers allegedly from the
Third Battalion of the Nigerian Army,
Effurun, at strategic positions in Warri,
Effurun and their environs, prevented the
ex-warlords from carrying out the protest.
It was gathered that the soldiers acted on
an intelligence report.
Our correspondent, who monitored the
development, observed presence of
soldiers at the DSC roundabout connecting
the Ughelli section of the East-West road
where the former agitators had planned to
carry out the protest.
Their presence where also observed at the
popular Effurun roundabout, PTI Junction,
Udu Express junction, Enerhen Junction
and Jakpa junction all in Uvwie Local
Government Area of the state.
A senior military officer from the Effurun
Barracks, who craved anonymity,
confirmed the incident.
He noted that the ex-militants had
planned to cause havoc during the
protest.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government says
it will continue the payment of stipends to
ex-militants as from Monday (today).
The Special Adviser to the President on
Niger Delta/Coordinator of the Presidential
Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen. Paul
Boroh (retd), who stated this on Sunday,
noted that the agency was already
addressing the hiccups in the payment.
A statement by the Head, Media and
Communication Department of the
Presidential Amnesty Office, Abuja, Piriye
Kiyaramo, urged the repentant militants to
be patience with the organisation.
The statement quoted the amnesty boss
saying, “President Muhammadu Buhari
attaches so much importance to the
amnesty programme, which explains why
the President in his inaugural address to
the nation promised to invest in the
projects and programmes currently in
place for the ex-agitators in the region.
“The President is already putting together
a youth development and empowerment
package that would directly impact the ex-
agitators and other youths in the region.”