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Former Niger Delta militants call on Nigeria to pay stipends or face protests
March 23, 2017 / 1:49 PM / 5 months ago

Former Niger Delta militants call on Nigeria to pay stipends or face protests

YENAGOA, Nigeria, March 23 (Reuters) - Former militant leaders in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region have urged the government to pay out delayed stipends granted under a 2009 amnesty or face protests, a statement said on Thursday.

"We are calling for the immediate release of the balance sum of the 2016 supplementary budgetary allocation ... to avert any situation that will warrant beneficiaries of the programme going to the streets to protest and barricade roads," the former militants said in a statement.

Reporting by Tife Owolabi; writing by Ulf Laessing; editing by David Clarke

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