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Fresh tension is rising in the Niger Delta following the Federal Government’s failure to provide jobs for about 10,000 former militants so far trained by the presidential post-amnesty office.
It was learnt that the unemployed amnesty beneficiaries are now roaming the streets and creeks of the region, months after their training.
National Mirror learnt that some of the “frustrated former militants have returned to the creeks apparently to make ends meet in whatever way possible.”
Some stakeholders feared that the former militants could return to their criminal antecedent in the creeks and along the waterways in order to earn a living.
Sixteen young ladies whose ages range from 17 to 37 were paraded by the State Security Service (SSS) in Abia State. The ladies were arrested in the early hours of yesterday from a baby factory where they were waiting to deliver and sell their children to prospective buyers.
Their loud cries pervaded the hall as almost all of them broke down at the same time, weeping profusely as they struggled to hide their faces from the cameras and newsmen.
Nigeria’s military on Wednesday banned the use of satellite phones in much of the restive northeast after cutting mobile phone service, further isolating the area after a series of fresh attacks.
The military claimed in announcing the ban that Islamist extremist group Boko Haram had used satellite phones to plan attacks on schools.
The insurgents have attacked two schools in the northeast this week, leaving at least 16 students and two teachers dead.
The Federal Government has withdrawn the charge against some Lebanese found to have illegally brought into the country a cache of arms.
The State Security Service, SSS, had charged Abdallah Thaini, Mustapha Fawaz and Talal Roda, before a Karu Chief Magistrates’ Court in Abuja, for criminal conspiracy and unlawful importation of prohibited firearms.
However, at the resumed hearing of the case yesterday, counsel to the SSS, Clifford Osagie, informed the court of the prosecution’s desire to withdraw the charge against the suspects.
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