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Amnesty: Akeredolu Tasks Niger- Delta Militants on Peace

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State says Nigeria cannot afford the continuous insecurity challenges especially in the Niger Delta areas, hence the need for armed youths to surrender arms and embrace peace.

Akeredolu stated this at the opening ceremony   of Amnesty Programme for armed youths in Ilaje and Ese-odo Local Government areas of the state.

The Governor said the armed youths in the state  riverine areas must give peace a chance to allow meaningful  development in their areas.

He told them that the Programme will only be successful with their Cooperation determined largely stakeholders.

Representative of the special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Amnesty, Abdul Matti, expresses hope that the programme would reduce the proliferation of small arms in the state.

Earlier, the chairman of the Amnesty Programme and Deputy Governor of the state Agboola Ajayi noted that the failure of the past government to control the level of arms flow created rooms dangerous dimension.

He charged the youths to accept the Amnesty in good faith and maximize the opportunities it brings.

Some of the militants who are expected to surrender their arms say they are indeed happy with the gesture.

Beneficiaries of the Amnesty  Programme have 21 days to surrender their arms at the five designated submission points at  Ajakpa, Igbokoda, Ugbonla, Igbekebo and Arogbo.

The Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government of Nigeria is designed as a step towards resolving the protracted insecurity in the Niger Delta region.

The terms of the programme include willingness and readiness of militants to surrender their arms, unconditionally renounce militancy and sign an undertaking to that effect.

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