Gridlock on East-West Road As Ex-militants Protest Unpaid Stipends

Commuters plying the East-West road were left stranded following a gridlock caused by ex-militants, who were protesting their unpaid allowances.

Armed with placards with different inscriptions such as 'Pay Us our Money'; 'Amnesty Office Pay Us', among others, the protesters halted all vehicular movement on the ever busy road which connects Warri and Port Harcourt, as well as other states in the South-South.

A spokesperson for the aggrieved ex-militants said they were protesting non-inclusion after they surrendered arms in 2011.

“We are tired of unending and failed promises by Charles Dokubo to include me and [the] boys in the Amnesty pay roll,” he said.

The group had staged several protests at the National Assembly, including writing a protest letter to the amnesty office, on which they claimed no concrete action had been taken.

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