Ex-Militants demand Dokubo’s resignation


Brave Dickson

Worried by the delay from the federal government to document them, some undocumented ex-agitators from the Niger Delta region have issued a 7-day ultimatum to Coordinator of Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo to resign his appointment over negligent of duties.

The ex-militants under the auspices of 3rd Phase Undocumented Niger Delta Ex agitators said if Prof. Dokubo failed to resign within seven days, they will prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack him.

According to the leader of the group, Comrade Prince Eyeyon, “Prof Dokubo has failed in his duties as the presidential coordinator on amnesty. This was the same mistake Gen. Paul Boro made that led to his sack. Prof Dokubo whom we thought will right the wrongs has failed woefully.

“Any presidential coordinator on amnesty who fails to document us is not fit to be there. That office was created because of us. We genuinely surrendered our arms, renounced militancy and went through the amnesty process as required by federal government and yet the government has decided to abandon us.

“All the promises of monthly stipends, scholarships and vocational training by the federal government to us have not come to pass.

“We are worried because we see this attitude of government as deceptive. However, we will continue to demand our legitimate entitlements until we get them.”

The group said it had written to the federal government and was yet to receive any positive response from various government agencies.

It added, “we are pained by this unfair treatment meted on us by the federal government.

“It is unfortunate that some of our colleagues have been documented, sent overseas for academics and skills training with constant monthly stipends, yet since 2011 we embraced amnesty, we have not been documented.”

The group also appealed to Delta State Government where they surrendered their weapon to the military to help get them documented, adding that they have vowed never to resort to arm struggle.