Imo State government has announced that the remnants of the Niger-Delta Avengers fighting in the Oil Producing Areas of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta, a leading Commander of the Militants, General Felix Omereji Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Surrendered with his fighters and embraced peace.
|Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha|
It will be recalled that some group of the Imo militants had last week surrendered their arms to the governor, though the disarmament sparked a lot of controversy via social media outlets following the kind of ammunition the militants surrendered. Read it here.
Meanwhile, these recent disarmament event which took place at the Imo International Convention Centre (IICC) Owerri, also had Security chiefs in the State in attendance.
Report said, the militants surrendered guns including AK47 and explosives.
Speaking at the event, General Felix said his group boycotted the first phase of the disarmament programme last week to see what the State Government would do with the Commanders and their fighters who had surrendered.
He explained that he was encouraged to surrender weapons and embrace peace when they saw the Sincerity of Governor Rochas Okorocha with regard to the first disarmament programme.
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In his speech, Governor Okorocha told General Felix and his fighters that he has granted them Pardon like those before them while the President, Mohammadu Buhari would grant them amnesty, adding that they had done well by not waiting for the deadline he gave to them to elapse.
He said; “We are here to receive our children who have been living in the forest for years killing many people. I am your father. I will pardon you, while the President would grant you Amnesty. We have gathered to dramatise life for those of the Militants who have dropped their guns to embrace peace. They have been pardoned”.
Culled from Dailysun