Former rebels protest in Nigeria over amnesty deal

Abuja, July 7 (PTI) Over 100 ex-militants from Nigeria’s oil-rich restive southern delta gathered here to protest against poor handling by the federal government of the amnesty programme which they say left them out.

The former rebel said they were not able to register for the amnesty, which is offering cash payouts and retraining for militants.

The militants, who hitherto fought war of resource control in southern delta prior to a government amnesty programme, besieged the capital, asking authorities to include those who were left out.

One of the protester, Paul Boyo said: “We are protesting the non-inclusion of our members in the amnesty programme.”

“The militants surrendered their arms but were not documented by the government in the amnesty programme and consequently not being paid a stipend stipulated by the agreement,” Boyo said.

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