Ex-militants sue amnesty coordinator Dikio for alleged contempt

Ex-militants on Thursday filed contempt processes against the coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme Col. Miland Dikio (rtd) at the Federal High Court, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State for allegedly disobeying a judgment of the court.

The ex-agitators, 147 of them, are seeking the enforcement of the court judgment, in which it ordered the amnesty office to pay a judgment debt.

The former militants in suit no. FHC/YNG/CS/70/2019 had accused the amnesty office of diverting the slots and stipends for the 147 ex-militants in two camps of 75 and 72 members from 2011 till date.

Justice Awogboro Abimbola on November 13, in a consent judgment following agreed settlement terms, ruled that the non-payment of lots and stipends were unlawful and ordered for its reinstatement.

The judge awarded a damage of N20 million for the 72 slots of Agbalagbabo camp and payment of 50 per cent of their total entitlements from April 2011 to September amounting to N238.68 million as final settlement.

Justice Abimbola further ruled that the amnesty office should pay a damage of N20 million to the 75 militants of the Benuwolo camp and payment of 50 per cent of their total entitlements from January 2011 to September 2019 amounting to N255.94 million as final settlement.

The court is yet to fix a date for Dikio to appear before it.

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