Former Niger Delta militants have threatened to stage a protest over the delayed payment of stipends in the amnesty programme.
A statement by the former militants read; “We are calling for the immediate release of the balance sum of the 2016 supplementary budgetary allocation … to avert any situation that will warrant beneficiaries of the programme going to the streets to protest and barricade roads.”
The former militants who were entitled to 65,000 naira ($213.68) a month plus job training, under the amnesty programme haven’t been paid since the special adviser on the Niger Delta, Brig. General Paul Boroh said the programme was facing a cash crunch.
The Federal Government has however resumed payments in January after earlier cutting the budget for cash payments to militants.