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Militants surrender arms in Benin

By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—MILITANTS belonging to the Niger Delta Freedom Fighters, Olodiama chapter, on Wednesday in Benin surrendered arms and ammunition in their disposal to the Federal Government Committee on Amnesty at the Federal Government Girls College in the Edo State capital.

Led by their leader, Robert Okobo, the militants numbering over 60, surrendered 6 AK 47 rifles, 3 dane guns, 11 magazines, 115 live ammunition, four dynamites and camouflage army uniforms.

The arms and ammunition were received by Squadron Leader Idowu  Ayo on behalf of the  Amnesty Committee.

Speaking during the handing over of the arms and ammunition, the leader of the group, Mr. Robert Okobo, said their decision to hand over the weapons was based on the amnesty granted militants by the Federal Government.

He said they believed that President Umoru Musa Yar’Adua was sincere in his promise to tackle the Niger Delta crisis which was the reason they took up arms to fight for their rights.

He, however, warned the government not to renege on its promises to the people of the region, as the consequences of doing so would be so great for the region and the country.

Chairman of Ovia South West local government area, Mr. Monday Ahiobahi, commended the militants for coming out in their numbers to heed the call to surrender their weapons.

He, however, pleaded with the Federal Government to reciprocate by fulfilling its promises to the people of the region to avert a situation where the militants would have to resort to arms again.

The councillor representing the area in the council, Mr. Lee Benson, expressed joy that his people had seen the reason to turn in their weapons.


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