Ex-militants of the Niger Delta region yesterday reaffirmed their threat to close down Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) branches in the Niger-Delta region on the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum they issued to the apex bank to pay up three months arrears allegedly owed them. They warned that the ultimatum expires Monday next week.
The ex-militant leaders under phase 2 of the amnesty programme while reacting to a recent publication in one of the dailies credited to Brig-Gen Paul Boroh said that the statements credited to Boroh was unfair to them.
The ex-militant leaders who spoke through Mr. Stephen Ebisinte in Asaba, said that the decision to close down CBN was unanimously taken by all phase 2 leaders in the region and that there was no going back.
He maintained that Boroh informed them in a text message that the amnesty office was no longer responsible for payment of their monthly stipends, but the CBN.
He said: “We mean what we said earlier, at the expiration of the ultimatum on Monday next week, we are all going out, Boroh should stop misinforming and deceiving the government and the public, he forwarded us a text message that reads: ‘Amnesty office does not pay anymore, it’s Central Bank that pays ok’, now he is sponsoring people to plead on our behalf in public to counter our report, he should stop politicking with the amnesty programme because it has gone a long way, he should stop politicising the affairs of ex-militants because we do not have division in our midst”.
Meanwhile, a 35-year-old man, Mr. Christian Michael is currently standing trial before an Asaba Magistrate Court over alleged unlawful assault of a police man in Asaba. Other charges against the accused person are unlawful damage of a Toyota bus, illegal possession of ATM card belonging to other persons and possession of Indian hemp.
The accused was charged with three court charges contained in charge sheet Number CMA/500c/2016.