Former Niger Delta militants petition Buhari, National Assembly over unpaid allowances

Fighters with the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), pictured in 2008. The rebel group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

The Coalition of the 2017/2018 Niger-Delta Amnesty students, deployed to some universities across the Niger Delta region, have petitioned the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), and the leadership of the National Assembly over their unpaid 32 months allowances.

The coalition’s National Coordinator, Sunday Menukuro, and Secretary, Etolor Papems, signed the petition.

The petition read partly, “It has become necessary to acquaint the President with the unjustifiable deprivation of payment of monthly stipends and other concomitant benefits due to us, contrary to the terms and conditions of the sponsorship agreement under the amnesty programme.

“The Amnesty Office, formerly headed by Prof. Charles Dokubo, refused to pay us the mandatory monthly stipend of N70,000 and N40,000 per session for book allowance per student.”

The petitioners noted that the affected universities offered them admission, having found them to be indigenes of the Niger Delta and qualified under the Amnesty Programme.

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