Reps probe militarization of elections, order payment of ex-militants.

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Reps probe militarization of elections, order payment of ex-militants.

The House of Representatives yesterday ordered the probe of the alleged atrocities committed by soldiers deployed for election duties.

  Adopting a motion sponsored by Asadu Patrick at the plenary presided over by Speaker Yakubu Dogara, the lawmakers agreed that the mobilization was done in disobedience to subsisting court orders and disregard of the approval of the National Assembly.

   Patrick stated that the action contravened Section 217 (2) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

  The chamber also directed the presidential amnesty committee to, without further delay, pay the ex-Niger Delta agitators their stipends and allowances for the 2017/2018 academic year.

  Adopting a motion by Koiado Akinjo, the House mandated its committees on intergovernmental affairs and legislative compliance to monitor the situation and report back in four weeks for further legislative action.

  The APC Ondo legislator claimed that the non-payment had inflicted untold hardship on the affected persons, warning that the development portends grave danger to the wellbeing of the oil-rich region.

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