The Federal Government of Nigeria is set to incorporate fresh Ondo ex-militants into the amnesty program.
This was disclosed on Wednesday by the Ondo State Government, that the federal government will on November 9, incorporates ex-militants in the riverine area of the State, who are willing to surrender their arms for the Amnesty programme.
Recall that the Government played a crucial role in the release of the six Senior Secondary School Students of Lagos Model College, Igbonla, Epe, who were abducted on May 25, 2017, by the suspected militants.
One of the conditions given by the armed bandits, who had been operating in the riverine area of Lagos, Ogun and Ondo States, was that the state government will speak on their behalf on how they would benefit from the Amnesty programme.
The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Agboola Ajayi made this known at the National Defence College (NDC) in Abuja while addressing the college’s officials, who had earlier visited the state on orientation activities.
Ajayi, who represented Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN at the event, said the federal government through the state was willing to give amnesty to youths that are ready to lay down arms and embrace peace.
“The president has just approved this since we can achieve peace through negotiation, we want to engage these boys so that all of them can leave the bush and be part of the society.
“The ex-militants in the Niger Delta area of the state and those that are willing to surrender their arms can be part of the society.
“They can be empowered through Agriculture at this time that the federal and state governments are committed to diversifying the economy.
Earlier, the Commandant NDC, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo thanked the governor for allowing Ondo State to be used as part of the college’s orientation activities.
Osinowo said the purpose of the visit had been achieved with more revelation of the socioeconomic situation of the visited states.
Many International Participants from Bangladesh, Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany, Ghana, India, Madagascar, Malawi and Mali were in attendance.
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