Calls for replacement of Amnesty boss mischievous — Ex-agitators 

Former militant leaders from six states of the Niger Delta region have faulted the call by some elders and stakeholders to replace Maj.- Gen Tariye Barry Ndiomu (rtd) as the interim administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).

The call followed alleged distraction due to his recent appointment as the chairman of the 11-man committee on the special investigative panel on oil theft.

The former militant leaders under the aegis of the Niger Delta Advocate for Peace, Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Network Campaign said the call by the elders and stakeholders lack merit, ill-advised and mischievous as the key stakeholders including the beneficiaries of the amnesty programme and ex-agitators were not consulted.

The former militant generals, after an emergency meeting held in Abuja and presided over by the national coordinator, NAPGGAN, Comrade Fiawei Pathfinder, along with the deputy national coordinator, NAPGGAN, Comrade Bekes Apere, and the secretary of the group, Comrade AK Peters, said the calls by the leaders under the Movement for the Sustainable Development of the Niger Delta (MSDND), led by one Ayebatekena Olodi and Chief Godwin Pere- Ebikabowei, is suspicious and is a clear attempt to put a wedge in the cordial relationship between the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) and Maj.- Gen Tariye Barry Ndiomu (rtd)- led amnesty programme.

NAPGGAN debunked the claims made in the purported letter addressed to the NSA, Monday, by MSDND, led by one Ayebatekena Olodi and Chief Godwin Pere-Ebikabowei.