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Ex-militants protest in Bayelsa

Over four hundred ex-militants of the Third Phase Amnesty Programme have protested in Bayelsa State over a controversy on the proposed slots to be allocated to them.

Following the protest, over ten vehicles had their windscreens smashed and one car razed in Yenagoa.

Report says the former militants also looted shops on Otiotio road and Mbiama-Yenagoa road.

Some business outfits in the area hurriedly locked up for fear of being attacked by the ex-militants on the rampage.

The protest, which started around nine O’clock in the morning, lasted almost three hours, causing traffic gridlock on the roads.

The intervention of operatives of the Joint Military Taskforce, JTF, anti-riot policemen, state security outfit and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, helped put the situation under control.

Trouble started when the inter-agency taskforce headed by Air-Vice Marshal Gbum, currently on a verification exercise of ex-militants in the state, notified them that fifteen guns submitted by a militant camp would be entitled to one amnesty slot training.

The ex-militants rejected the controversial slot allocated to them, describing it as meagre and inhuman, just as they called for an increase in their monthly allowance.

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