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Ex-militant leaders tackle coordinator over N150m amnesty funds

Scores of former Niger Delta militant leaders are locked in battle with the Coordinator in charge of Bayelsa State, Pastor Reuben Wilson, over alleged diversion of N150m amnesty funds.
The ex-agitators have therefore asked the Federal Government to commence investigations into the matter.
The ex-agitators said that the money was meant for their empowerment but was nowhere to be found, suspecting that it had been diverted to private pockets.
In a petition addressed to President Goodluck Jonathan through their lawyers, Olu Ojujoh & Co., the ex-militants said since they surrendered their arms in 2009, nothing had been done to resettle them.
The group of ex-militants in the petition dated November 25 and signed by Head of Chambers, Olu Ojujoh, accused Wilson of “squandering all the money the Federal Government paid through him to settle them.”
The ex-agitators in the petition made available to our correspondent on Tuesday, called on the police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and other anti-graft agencies to arrest and probe Wilson.
They traced their woes to 2011 when, according to them, the Federal Government through the Amnesty Office released N10m housing allowance to each militant leader.
But the aggrieved ex-militants claimed that their group leader was fond of paying them what he liked instead of the money approved by the government.
Part of the petition said, “Our clients and other former Niger Delta agitators elected Pastor Reuben Wilson as their coordinator so that the federal government amnesty office can deal with an individual as their representative and for them to speak in one voice.
“The behaviour of Pastor Reuben Wilson has caused our clients and their followers a lot of hardship and loss of confidence. The followers of our clients who are the primary beneficiaries of the housing allowance of N150,000 are threatening to deal with our clients.
“They are issuing the threats on the erroneous belief that our clients did not pay them the allowances. It is a common knowledge that a threat to ‘deal with’ in the context means to kill the person, and text messages to that effect are numerous.”

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