Bayelsa ex-militants barricade road over non-payment of amnesty allowance

Posted by News Express | 5 June 2015 | 3,513 times

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A group of ex-militants, yesterday, barricaded the Mbiama axis of the East-West Road over alleged non-payment of their allowances by the amnesty office.

The protesters, led by the Bayelsa State Third Phase Amnesty chairman, Ebi John, trooped to the road as early as 7a.m., obstructing free flow of traffic.

Motorists and travellers were stranded as the protesters chanted war songs, demanding the payment of their allowances without further delay.

But military patrol vans and two Armoured Personnel Carriers, APCs, driven by soldiers were said to have swooped on the youths.

The soldiers were said to have shot into the air many times to dislodge the youths from the road.

John accused the amnesty office of insensitivity, adding that the office and the Accountant-General were deliberately delaying their allowances.

He said they earlier went to Abuja to lodge the same complaint but the Amnesty office unleashed terror on them using soldiers.

Adapted from Vanguard. File photo shows protesting ex-militants.

Source: News Express

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