Nigeria probes into amnesty program for ex-militants

Alleged corruption led to renewed violence in Niger Delta, costing $100b in oil revenue in 2016, parliament speaker says.
Rafiu Oriyomi Ajakaye

Nigeria’s parliament on Monday launched a formal probe into allegations of corruption in the implementation of the government’s amnesty program for the former militants in the country’s oil rich region of Niger Delta.

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara said at the launch that the alleged sleaze in the program has led to resurgence of violence in the region, costing Nigeria some $100 billion in oil revenue in 2016. The violence also led to Nigeria losing its leadership in oil production in Africa, he added.

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