THREE former Niger Delta militants granted scholarships under the Presidential Amnesty Programme bagged first class degrees from Liverpool and Bedfordshire universities in the UK this year.
Launched way back in 2008 by former president Umaru Yar’Adua, the amnesty programme was designed to get militants to lay down their arms and embrace peace. Under the scheme, they were granted an amnesty for taking up weapons against the government and offered training and scholarships.
Several militants were offered admission into UK universities and yesterday, the amnesty office revealed that three of the ex-agitators made first class degrees from Liverpool and Bedfordshire universities, while 19 other students under the programme completed their academic programmes with second class upper division. Amnesty office spokesman Owei Lakemfa, said that a total of 144 students on the programme successfully completed various academic programmes in 17 UK universities.
Mr Lakemfa added: “Lucky Azibanagein had a First Class in Mechatronics and Robotic System Engineering from the University of Liverpool, while Messrs Torubein Fawei and Nicholas Nathaniel Goodnews made First Class in Telecommunications and Network Engineering, and Public Relations respectively, at the University of Bedfordshire. The 144 amnesty students graduated from 17 universities in the UK.
Eight of them had second class upper degrees in Law, Criminology, Accounting, Computer Science and Health and Social Care from the University of Bedfordshire. Six of them graduated with second class upper from the University of Liverpool in Pharmacology, Geology, Maritime Business, Accounts & Finance, Politics and International Relations.
He pointed out that two of the militants had second class upper degrees from the Swansea University in Law and International Relations while one each graduated in the same class from Anglia Ruskin, Plymouth and Portsmouth universities.