Hundreds of Nigerian militants surrender arms for amnesty

Hundreds of Nigerian militants surrendered their weapons, mortar bombs and gun boats, as part of a federal amnesty programme.

Hundreds of Nigerian militants surrender arms for amnesty

Hundreds of Nigerian militants on Saturday surrendered their weapons, mortar bombs and gun boats, as part of a federal amnesty programme that aims to stem unrest in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

The handover by three militant gangs was the largest collection of weapons and ammunition since a 60-day amnesty programme began two weeks ago.

"We give up our weapons so that we give peace a chance and for all oil companies and other multinationals to come into our region to develop the place," said Erepamutei Olotu, locally known as General Ogunbos, during a public handing over ceremony at an amnesty centre in the Bayelsa state capital Yenagoa.

Reuters
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