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Militant group embraces amnesty

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BENIN—AS the October 4, 2009, date set by the Federal Government for militants to embrace amnesty and surrender their weapons approaches, a group, the Niger Delta Guerrilla Fighters, based in Ajakoroma, Edo State, has indicated its willingness to embrace the amnesty.

However, no date has been given by the militant group for the handing over of their weapons to the federal committee saddled with the task.

Spokesman for the group, Mr. Siemens Nisor, told Vanguard, weekend in Benin, that their decision to embrace amnesty was informed by the need to give the Federal Government the opportunity to provide solutions to the Niger Delta issues, insisting that no development could take place without peace.

According to the group, “we would like to give the Federal Government the time to play its role in the development of the region.

“We had no initial aim of carrying guns, but were forced to do so based on the neglect of the Ijaws of Edo State by successive administrations in the state.”

“We are calling on the federal and Edo state governments to see how they provide infrastructural facilities to the Ijaw speaking areas of Edo state.

“We are appealing to the government to construct the Nikorogha/Udo Road, the only access road to Ijaw community in the state, give the Ijaws in the state political appointments as well as provide health facilities for them”.

The group also appealed to both the state and federal government to prevail on Okomu Oil Palm Plc as well Dubril Oil Plc to give the Ijaws employment opportunities in the interest of fairness, equity, peaceful co-existence and justice.

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