President Goodluck Jonathan has been advised to remove his Special Adviser on Niger Delta Matters, Mr Kingsley Kuku over the adviser’s alleged poor handling of the amnesty programme.
This was the position of hundreds of ex-militants who took to the streets of Benin City, Edo State to protest the alleged non-payment of their allowances over the past 18months.
The former militants, who alleged that they were under the Phase II Programme for rehabilitation of ex-militants, stormed the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, secretariat in Benin City, with placards bearing various inscriptions, such as “Justice Must Prevail, We Need Our Money,” “Kingsley Kuku Must Go,” “11 months, no payment, We need our Money,” among others.
Emomomemi Ezebri and Julius Bank, who spoke on behalf of their colleagues, blamed their plight on Mr. Kuku.
The ex-militants urged the president to critically assess the amnesty programme to unravel those behind the challenges currently plaguing it.