Nigeria: Government Resumes Militant Payments

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In an attempt to end the militant attacks against the oil industry in the Niger Delta, the government of Nigeria has resumed its cash payments to former militants.

Payments to former militants to not blow up oil pipelines ended in February. The government says it has been holding talks with militants suspected of being responsible for the series of attacks in the Niger Delta that have taken away its title of Africa’s largest oil producer.

“Payments of stipends to the ex-militants resumed this Monday. The payments are done directly from the CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria) to their bank accounts,” said the amnesty program’s media officer Piriye Kiyaramo.

“The payment also includes tuition for those studying abroad,” he said. ‘Their last payment was in February this year. Now we are clearing all outstanding and the payments.”