Nigeria: Amnesty – FG Targets 10,000 Militants

The Federal Government plans to grant up to 10,000 Niger Delta militants amnesty aimed at ending attacks, which have crippled the country,s oil industry, chief coordinator overseeing the amnesty deal, Air Vice Marshal Lucky Ararile, told a press conference on Friday.

“We are working in the region of about 10,000 militants,” Ararile said.

He said the militants were in between 50 and 60 camps in Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Edo, Ondo and Akwa Ibom states.

“Each militant will receive an allowance of N20,000 per month in addition to N1,500 per day for food while at a reintegration centre,” he said.

“Disarmament and demobilisation part of the programme will last 60 days. Thereafter, the reintegration programme is indeterminate,” Ararile said.

He said a “few” militants had already surrendered their arms but declined to give a specific figure.

President Umaru Yar,Adua has announced an amnesty running from August 6 until October 4 for all those who are prepared to lay down their arms and embrace peace.

Many armed militant groups, which exist in the volatile region, are demanding a fairer share out of Nigeria’s oil wealth.

Henry Okah, a leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), who was facing treason charges, was released from jail on Monday as part of the amnesty deal.

In response, MEND declared a 60-day truce in its “oil war,” which has seen oil production in Nigeria cut by more than 30 per cent over the past three years



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