Delta Amnesty Program Winding Down

Concerns militants could return to Delta.

Nigeria’s Delta Amnesty Program Winding Down?

Hilary Uguru and Chris Stein

LAGOS, NIGERIA — Kemepade Ebikpade used to run guns to the Niger Delta militants. Since an amnesty program began in 2009, he’s run a welding shop while receiving about $300 a month from the government.

But that money stopped arriving last month with no explanation, according to Ebikpade and 10 other ex-militants VOA spoke with.

Ebikpade said that he had no plans to take up arms again, but that some militants might go back to sabotaging oil facilities, particularly the younger militants. He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to do more to address the Delta’s needs.

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