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By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa- Amnesty Office, Monday, said it had not been directed by President Goodluck Jonathan to include more persons in the amnesty programme.

The clarification came on the heels of Monday's barricade of the Mbiama section of the East-West Road by some youths allegedly protesting their non-inclusion in the programme by the Federal Government.

Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, who spoke through his media officer, Mr. Henry Ugbolue, said the amnesty office was saddled with the task of demobilising and reintegrating 26,358 former agitators, enrolled in the programme.

He said: 'Daunting as this task is, the Amnesty Office continues to brace all odds to achieve profound results.

'Indeed, the Amnesty Office views the growing clamour for this persons to be included as glaring evidence of the success of the programme. However, Kuku wishes to reiterate that he had not been directed by the President to include more persons in the programme.'