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Ex Niger Delta Militants Repatriated From Sri Lanka

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Eight Nigerian militants sent for a training programme in Sri Lanka have been sent back home to face trial after they got engaged in a fight that resulted in the destruction of properties.

The errant former militants were among the 50 that were sent to Sri Lanka in July for training in boat building, underwater operations, deep sea welding and underwater diving. The training which is taking place at the Topher Zhang Vocational Institute in Sri Lanka, is to last for a period of six months

Henry Ugbolue, the spokesman at the amnesty office who confirmed the incident said “they came back home on Friday and they were immediately handed over to security agents for investigation and prosecution.”

The training programme is part of the government’s efforts aimed at rehabilitating the former militants after they decided to embrace the government’s amnesty programme. But with the fight and eventual repatriation of the former militants, whether they were actually reformed or not is already becoming a matter of debate.

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