Former militant, Boyloaf, becomes presidential envoy

Boyloaf (in dark goggles) during a recent inspection visit to the Netherlands

For agreeing to drop his arms and join the amnesty programme of the Federal Government, Ebikabowei Victor Ben, aka Boyloaf, has become a Presidential envoy embarking on international inspection visits on behalf of the Federal Government.

 

As part of his visits, Boyloaf recently led a delegation to Rotterdam to inspect proposed venues for the training of former militants.

 

According to African Energy Intelligence, Boyloaf arrived in Rotterdam late January and has already visited Albelda College where government plans to train dozens of militants.

 

The training programme is part of the amnesty programme put in place by the Federal Government.

 

The programme, which began in 2009 under late President Umaru Yar’Adua allows for the training of former militants in the Niger Delta in various crafts relevant to the oil and gas industry.

 

The amnesty program is at present being coordinated by Kingsley Kuku, the special assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta affairs.

 

It is unclear why Boyloaf, who has no known professional qualifications, is leading presidential delegations on such visits; but sources say this is not the first time Mr. Ebikabowei would embark on such trip.

 

As a leader of a federal government delegation, not only does Boyloaf get estacodes and first class hotel reservations, he is also entitled to aides who accompany him on such trips.

 

Mr. Kuku could not be reached for comments while Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, did not return calls or respond to text messages sent to his telephone.

When contacted, Henry Ugbolue, spokesperson for the amnesty office confirmed that many of the inspection trips were sponsored from the department, which is domiciled in the presidency.

“All the former militant leaders are stakeholders, they are entitled to these inspections,” Mr. Ugbolue said. 

When asked what qualification the militant leaders have to embark on such inspection visits, Mr. Ugbolue responded that “because they stakeholders, the boys are their boys.”

He explained that the militant leaders were playing a major part in the training of militants and the success of the amnesty program saying “that is why from day one when government developed the template they involved the leaders and called them stakeholders.”

It’s a militant world

Boyloaf is not the only militant making money from government activities. The militants’ influence within the corridors of power can be seen at the Transcorp Hilton hotel in Abuja where some of them have permanent suites to themselves. The hotel, used by top government fuctionaries, diplomats and (international) businessmen, is one of the most expensive in Nigeria.

A report by NEXT Newspapers last year showed how another militant, Government Ekpemukpolo aka Tompolo was virtually handed control of a government agency, the Nigerian Maritime Safety and Administration Agency (NIMASA).


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  • best1919

    lair and liar, if he is one then you must see a man with babariga, stop fooling us pls

  • justpassingby

    Then who is blaming the boko haram boys for unleashing hell? they’ll soon be meeting Barack Obama on behalf of Goodluck Jonathan. Hmmm! What a country.

  • lukeabu

    WELL THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WRONG PEOPLE GET INTO POWER. IT NOW MEANS THAT THOSE OF US WHO HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ACTING RIGHT NEED TO THINK AGAIN ABOUT OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE WHERE WOULD YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO BE? I AM SURE IF OUR CHILDREN CONTINUE IN THIS ENVIRONMENT CERTAINLY WE CAN’T EXPECT ANYTHING BETTER FROM THEM THAT TO PICK UP ARMS TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A PLACE IN THE SOCIETY TODAY. I WEEP FOR THIS COUNTRY. IF WE DO NOT IMMEDIATELY RETURN TO GOD THEN OUR FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN IS DOOMED.

  • Homeboy

    In what ways are the useless mallams and alhajiswho went to reschedule our debts with Paris club better than Boyloaf? Because he championed armed struggle for the emancipation of his people doesnt make less important than those thieves that went to reschedule our good will into their pockets and their potbellies. Mtcheeeeeew

    • Dolandp

      Are u educated at all. Who are the useless mallams. It is obvious u have a complex problem.issues u should be talking about how to improve the polity and not how money is being wasted. Might I ask a question? How much of this gets to ur pocket? Or is it just about solidarity. My God this country will never move ahead if ur upbringing is tribalistic

      • George

        Is it your money.

        Its Boyloaf money pls go and face your cows

  • ene joseph

    how can i get boyloaf Email address.

  • Stanley

    those that over threw governments in coups and ruled for years, what are they? militants for sure.

  • Harry

    These are the reasons why GEJ administration has remained clueless. People that are suppose to be in jail for treason are running his government. This is just a tip of the iceberg, more shocking revelations are coming.