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Monday, 9 July 2012

5 N’Delta ex-militants deported from Ghana

Five former Niger-Delta militants who are undergoing vocational training programme in Ghana have been deported to Nigeria for engaging in violent protest in their hotel over delayed payment of their upkeep allowances.The restive youths, who were undergoing training under the amnesty programme of the Federal Government, were believed to have masterminded last week’s fracas at their Korrdam Hotel, Achimota lodging.A witness said the brawl could have snowballed into a full-blown conflict between Ghanaians and Nigerians, but for the timely intervention of the in-coming Nigerian High Commissioner, Chief Seyi Onafowokan, and senior officers of the Tesano Police Command in Accra.The Manager of the Hotel, Mr. Peter Wireko in an interview estimated the amount of damage done to the facilities at the hotel at about US$ 3,000.The Nigerian High Commission in Accra has confirmed the incidence, adding that the ex-militants were deported by the Ghanaian Immigration Service on the recommendation of Amnesty programme.An official of the High Commission disclosed that the five ex-militants were deported after police investigation revealed that they instigated the fight. The Ghanaian Immigration deported the boys on Wednesday.The affected persons are Prince Amadi, James Tamuonegiye, Joe Prince, Victor Abbey and Oritom Brown.

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