Beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme

About fifty-six ex-militants are joining issues with the federal government of Nigeria in court over non-settlement of their entitlements of over four years.

The ex-militants who are beneficiaries of the federal government amnesty programme are insisting that the government must pay them their due salaries for four years which they have refused to do hence their resort to seek justice before the federal high court in Port Harcourt.

They are therefore urging the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt to compel the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the Special Adviser to the President on Amnesty Programme, Prof Charles Dokubo to re-enrol them in the programme and resume the payment of their entitlements, which was stopped in 2015.

Speaking on behalf of the plaintiffs, their counsel  Asobiyata Ojenamah, disclosed that they decided to approach the court for justice after many avenues to seek redress were exhausted. The learned counsel submitted that his clients had been receiving their entitlements from 2009 until 2015 when it was suddenly stopped.

According to Ojenamah “We brought the matter before the court because our clients had been denied their entitlements as beneficiaries of the amnesty programme since 2015 after they were enrolled in the programme in 2009 after successfully concluding their rehabilitation and other requirements: but in 2015, their names were removed from the payroll in a most bizarre fashion.

“Since then, several letters and appeals had been transmitted to the Amnesty Office but no response was given to them: so it is high time they approached the court to enforce their rights.”

When the case came up for mention, the presiding judge, Justice I.N. Sani adjourned the matter till November 28, 2019, for hearing.