Repentant militants threaten to resume hostilities

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Repentant militants in Akwa Ibom state have threatened to resume hostilities over the poor funding of the Presidential Amnesty Programme by the federal government.

The former agitators under the aegis of the Akwa Ibom Ex-Militants Forum said the federal government has not provided sufficient funds to Presidential Amnesty Office to enable it carry out its functions and responsibilities.

A statement signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Akwa Ibom Phase 11 Ex-Militants Forum, Comrade Imoh Okoko and Sunny Affiah respectively indicate that the federal government has not paid stipends and school fees to ex-agitators in vocational training centres within and outside the country for some time now.

They noted that the prevailing peace in the Niger Delta region could only be sustained by the empowerment and training of repentant militants.