YENAGOA, Nigeria, March 23 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