Thousands of ex-militants poured unto the streets of Ughelli, Delta State, Tuesday to protest what they alleged, selling of their training slots to the highest bidder.
Thus, the amnesty programme, which calmed fray nerves in the Niger Delta region of the country, again came under focus..
Several of the ex-militants, who are under the federal government phase II progeamme accused officials of the amnesty office of allegedly selling slots for educational training of ex-militants to influential Nigerians for N500, 000 per individual.
They also denounced the insinuations that they were used and paid by the Federal Government to perpetrate violence in the just concluded Bayelsa elections.
Speaking on behalf of the ex-militants, leader of Okurugbolu Amphibiou barrack, “General” Clinton Ebiama, alleged that though the Federal Government has approved the training for ex-militants, some staff in the office of the Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, are in the habit of selling the slots to persons who are not participants of the programme.
They asked the Federal Government to be wary of the activities of these individuals.
Ebiama said: “This has been the case during the Kinsley Kuku era. Now these individuals are perpetuating the same act under the tenure of Gen. Paul Boroh (Retd).
“We are using this opportunity to sound a note of warning to President Muhammad Buhari to be watchful of what is happening in amnesty office because the good intentions of his administration are gradually being truncated by these individuals.”