Ex-militant leaders fault planned protest against amnesty boss

Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

Ex-militant leaders from states in the Niger Delta have faulted the planned protest by some aggrieved beneficiaries of the Amnesty programme against the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, over alleged corrupt practices.

The ex-militant leaders under the aegis of the Environmental Rights Advocates Organisation of Niger Delta, described the planned protest over unpaid stipends as uncalled for, misplaced, wicked and selfish.

The ex-militant leaders, in a statement issued on Friday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, by the leaders of the group, Chief Reuben Wilson, Godgift Ayabowei, Ezikiel Akpasibowei and Alex Watchman, called on those involved in the planned protest to dismiss the plan.

The statement said, “It is unfair and unhealthy for us to be protesting against our own (people). We should learn to be our brothers’ keeper. We call on those involved to cancel the protest and not rubbish the good work of the Amnesty office.

“The Amnesty office under Prof. Charles Dokubo has been attending promptly to payment of stipends. We have not seen what he has done wrong to deserve the planned embarrassment. He has shown that he has listening ears to all that is affecting the amnesty beneficiaries. “

They called on the aggrieved beneficiaries not to allow themselves to be used for politics within and outside the amnesty office.

A group known as Coalition of Niger Delta Militants had this week demanded the sacking of the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Dokubo, over alleged corrupt practices.

The coalition had vowed to hold a massive protest in Abuja and the Niger Delta region in order to force the removal of the amnesty boss and his alleged cohorts from office.

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