Ondo ex-militants popularly known as Forest Boys staged a peaceful protests at the Ondo Governorâ€™s office protesting non-payment of their amnesty entitlements.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Ondo ex-militants submitted their guns and ammunition under the Federal Government amnesty programme on November 17, 2017.
The ex-militants held placards with inscriptions like â€œplease give us amnestyâ€™, â€˜fulfill your amnesty promiseâ€™, and â€˜we will go back to crimeâ€™ among others.
The ex-militants, who came in buses, were dancing and chanting different songs while they blocked vehicles and human entrance into the Governorâ€™s office.
Speaking with newsmen, General Osi, leader of the ex-militants, alleged that the State Government had collected their guns and ammunition during the previous amnesty exercise, but refused to pay their entitlements.
â€œWe are protesting because the Ondo State Government refused to fulfill its promise after collecting our guns and ammunition.
â€œLet them give us our entitlements. We have done as the Federal Government instructed, but they didnâ€™t honor any of our agreements like releasing our detained members.
â€œWhen we met with the Deputy Governor, Ajayi Agboola, he assured and promised that all our demands would be met, but till now nothing has been done.
â€œWhat aggrieved us the most is that Agboola doesnâ€™t pick up our calls anymore. We will be here until Governor Akeredolu attends to us,â€ he said.
Akeredolu and his deputy, Ajayi Agboola were absent as at the time of the protest.
However, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, appealed to them to be calm and assured of government intervention on their grievances.
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