With the sustained aerial bombardments on their locations and hideouts by men of the Nigerian Airforce, notorious bandit kingpins in North-Western states of Nigeria have requested for dialogue and amnesty from the government.
A pan-north group, Northern Development Forum, has issued a two weeks ultimatum to the administration
The militant group disclosed this on Tuesday.
The comptroller, while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Ilorin, said it was the prerogative responsibility of the executive governor to grant amnesty to inmates with special conditions.
Ortom stated this on Saturday in Anyiin, Logo Local Government Area of the state at the burial of Terkura Suswam, the slain elder brother of former governor, Sen. Gabriel Suswam.
The President who stated this while declaring open the joint security meeting of Northern State Governors’ Forum, Northern Traditional Rulers Council and delegation from the Federal Government, said it is time to treat criminals as criminals and stop ethnic profiling.
Really, there was a method to the madness of the Niger Delta militants. They were fighting for a just cause – a region so endowed, yet so impoverished. But the genuineness of their cause does not obviate the criminality of their exertions.
Why would anybody give our President, Muhammadu Buhari, a retired General, such an order? Their complaint was that the two government officers agreed to and actually returned unspent funds approved by government in 2020 for payment of PAP contractors.
Olusegun Ajiboye, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Akure.
The Lagos State Government has released the names of 204 inmates to be freed from the Nigerian Correctional Service Custodial Centres in Lagos.
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has granted amnesty to 34 inmates in the state.
Oyetola, in a statement issued on Sunday in Osogbo by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, said the amnesty was part of the measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Oluseun Abimbola, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, made the disclosure in Ibadan on Tuesday.
Bwacha, who is the Senate Deputy Minority Leader, disclosed this to newsmen at Mararraba while reacting to the decision.
Buhari also approved the appointment of Prof. Charles Dokubo as the new helmsman.
He said that money appropriated for the programme is usually channelled towards payment of monthly stipends, funding of tertiary education for students under its scholarship among others.
The group made the announcement in a statement issued in Lagos on Monday and signed by its leader, General Deji Ehinmowo, and the General Secretary, General Akinfemi Raymond.
The amnesty has survived till date, with the Federal Government spending billions to train and empower ex-militants. However, what has refused to change is the absolute denunciation of militancy in the ND, as the amnesty has turned into a festering sore with more splinter groups emerging from former militancy camps or organizations
Mr. Regent Youmor, also called on the Federal Government to extend the envisaged termination period of amnesty programme beyond the next two years to enable thorough training of the over 30,000 ex militants captured for rehabilitation and empowerment
The statement said the appeal became necessary following the apprehension caused by the delay in the payment of the May 2015 stipends and in-training allowances to onshore and offshore beneficiaries.
The statement said: “The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Worldwide regard the call by Boko Haram negotiator, ally and senate-elect from Kaduna State, Comrade Shehu Sani for the scrapping of the presidential amnesty programme for ex-Niger Delta agitators and published in several newspapers on Wednesday, the 5th of May, 2015 on the basis that it is now a drain on the nation’s resources as reckless, provocative and another conspiracy against the Niger-Delta people