If immediate measures are not put on ground, ex-warlords in the Niger Delta Region may cripple the country’s economy as tension loom over the perpetual delay of heir stipends by the President Mohammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government.

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In an appeal, Paul Boroh, the co-ordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, has appealed to the ex-militants in the Niger Delta region to bear with government over the current delay to pay their stipends.

In a statement by Mr Piriye Kiyaramo, his media coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Bayelsa Liaison Office, said that Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, was saddled with the responsibility of effecting the payments of stipends directly to the ex-agitators in the region, in line with the Treasury Single Accounts (TSA).

He said that the Amnesty Office had been making efforts to ensure that the outstanding stipends were paid, and appealed to them to have faith in the payment process.

“I must recall that the TSA is a public accounting system under which all government revenue, receipts and income are collected into one single account.

“This account is usually maintained by the CBN and all payments are being done through this account as well; I am urging you all to have faith,” he said.