Former militants in the Niger Delta region under the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), have issued a one week ultimatum to the federal Government and the Interim Administrator, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio-led PAP to pay their August stipends.
They accused Dikio, who is currently holidaying in the United States of America of allegedly withholding the stipends for no justifiable reason.
Speaking through the leader of the Niger Delta Defence Corps, NDDC, self-styled General John Egbe, they said Dikio had withheld the August stipends of over ten thousand beneficiaries without explanation.
Egbe stated that the action of Dikio can cause renewed crisis in the region as they will not hesitate to publicly protest if after one week, they don’t receive their stipends.
He said: “The amnesty office has paid our stipends for August but over ten thousand beneficiaries have not been paid for reasons best known to Dikio.
“We have experienced various unfair treatments under Dikio since his assumption of office, we will not take it easy this time around and we want our stipends paid within one week or else we will go out for a protest next week.
“Niger Delta is now a peaceful place but Dikio and his Special Adviser, Mr Alfred Kemepade, want to disturb the peace because of their secret deals. Since 2010, we’ve never experienced what we’re seeing under Dikio.
“Last year, the National Security Adviser, NSA, Major General Babagana Monguno set up a committee that verified everything in the amnesty office, but today Dikio decided to stop the payment of stipends to some beneficiaries.
“We are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and the NSA to send Mr Kemepade out of that office before it’s too late because he wants to set Niger Delta ablaze with his evil advice to Dikio”.
Efforts to reach the Special Adviser on Media to Dikio, Mr Neotabase Egbe, to comment on the issue was not successful but a source in the amnesty office said the situation was being addressed.