December 09, (THEWILL) – Hundreds of ex-militants kicking against the ongoing verification exercise embarked upon by the Major-General Barry Ndiomu-led administration of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, have resolved to back the ongoing exercise and also opened up on the existence of fake militant camps used in diverting amnesty funds.
The ex-militants, under the second phase amnesty beneficiaries, said although they want the right thing to be done during the ongoing verification exercise, the interim Administrator, Major-General Barry Ndiomu (rtd), must take a look at the cause of incessant conflict between the ex-militant leaders and Interim Administrators of the Presidential Amnesty Office, which is the existence of fraudulent system in which fake militant camps are formed.
The executive members of the 2nd Phase, Presidential Amnesty Beneficiaries, led by the Chairman, Paul Johnson; Vice Chairman, Taye Amaebimo; Secretary, Passman Akpos; Publicity Secretary, Gift Agamene, in a letter to the Interim Administrator of PAP, pointed out that that though they don’t have any problem whatsoever with the ongoing verification, as far as it will bring the desires result,”But with the direction it is going, it will cause more havoc than good.”
They also revealed the fake militant camps to include Ingia-Wuru camp, IceLand, NDFF, Oran, Egberi camp, Alamini Freedom Fighter 120, Fouchef camp, Kalawo Camp, Usigbe, Aguda, BFF camp, Tobi Camp, Osuo Camp, Benuwolo Camp, Ezekiel Camp, Kenneth Opusi gi, Ateke Tom, T.K Press, Evan Camp, Bayloaf, Perekeme Evan Camp 2, Ebi Camp and K Group. “These are formed to syphon money in the programme, causing pains and abortion in the direction of the program.”
They also declared their readiness to back the process, declaring that the verification will bring desired result, calling on the interim Administrator, Major-General Barry Ndiomu (rtd), to take a review of the list of 6,166 beneficiaries under the second phase with only 5,186 paid from inception, which necessitated a special sharing among ex-militants that were not covered under the Amnesty payment.
According to the ex-militants, “It is said that a stitch in time saves nine, and as initiators of the programme, we know what went wrong and what should be done in sanitising the system if we are permitted. Since the laying down of arms and ammunition to the federal government by the second phase Ex-Militants under the administration of Dr Goodluck Jonathan in 2009, our foot soldiers have never been given fair treatment from former interim administrators of PAP.
“It is on record that 6,166 slots were allocated to second phase in Bayelsa and Delta States. When the programme started, payments were made in bulk into accounts of leaders of each camps. Former Special Adviser to the President, Timi Alaibe, directed the chief Accountant to raise a memo directing the manager of Skye Bank, now Polaris, to pay the 6,166 Ex-Militants the sum of N263,539 million and N81,329 million to Bayelsa and Delta States respectively.
“The original number of Ex-Militants that were entitled to benefits were 6,166, but only 5,186 were paid from the inception of this programme till date. This entails that less money is coming into the purse of the ex-agitators to service more persons who are captured, but never received their entitlement by reason of this said fraud. What we do as leaders, the title that comes will be shared among greater number of people, like sharing a slot to two or more persons, so as to make it go round.
“When Kingsley Kuku took over the leadership of the programe, we were advised to come with names of brothers and sisters in the region that have the capacity for educational programme so as to benefit from the programme educationally. Names were submitted and bank accounts opened for those individuals, unknown to us, they were planning to pay the regular N65,000 into account of those individuals that were originally for educational purpose.
“Based on this foregoing, we the leaders of the various camps were faced with issues of incomplete payments of 5,186 Ex-Militants instead of 6,166 and the issue of more persons coming into the system on the angle of educational training that are claiming right to the regular N65,000 monthly stipends.
“On this note, there are persons who are in possession of documents relating to the Presidential Amnesty Programme, like I.D cards, Amnesty Certificate, who wants to be verified. With the way things are going, such individuals will be verified because he or she actually possess a document and then submit account number to be paid by the programme. Funds will be diverted from the right person to the wrong person, thereby causing more problems.”