Ex-militants say safety of oil facilities cant be guaranteed if amnesty is terminated


Following reports of plans by the Federal Government to terminate the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) in 2018, ex-militant leader, Chief Kingsley Muturu, has said the Federal Government should relocate oil facilities from Niger Delta before such a provocative move, Vanguard reports.

Muturu, Chairman, Amnesty Phase II in Delta State, who explained ex-militants’ opposition to the planned termination, said: “The ideal of peace and deserved development of Niger Delta, for which late President Musa Umar Yar’Adua laudably offered and implemented the Amnesty programme remains far from being achieved.”

Instead of leveraging on relative peace in Niger Delta from leadership interventions for development and reintegration of ex-militants with jobs, Muturu alleged that the amnesty programme suffered declining fortunes under Gen Paul Boroh who was arm-twisted by agents of the Federal Government to the detriment of Niger Deltans. He said the safety of oil installations in Niger Delta could not be guaranteed if the PAP was terminated.