January 5, 2017 / 12:30 PM / 7 months ago

Nigeria resumes payments to former Niger Delta militants -official

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YENAGOA, Nigeria, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Nigeria has resumed payments of cash stipends to former militants agreed under a 2009 amnesty in the country's Niger Delta oil hub, an official said on Thursday.

"Two months of the ex-militants stipends were paid yesterday...The rest of their stipends will be paid later in batches by (central bank) CBN," said Piriye Kiyaramo, an officer in the Amnesty Office.

He said the paid stipends covered August and September. (Reporting by Tife Owolabi; writing by Ulf Laessing; editing by Jason Neely)

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