More Niger Delta militants from Arepo, in Ogun State, have said they are ready to surrender their weapons and join the amnesty programme.
Paul Boro, The National Coordinator and Special Adviser to the President on Amnesty, told reporters on Wednesday about the interest of the militants and the the success the amnesty programme has recorded in the past 6 years.
“It is a programme that had to do with a case-load of 30,000 persons that were captured in 2009, but as we speak, we are happy that it is succeeding and exit strategy is in place,” he stressed.
“By that strategy, beneficiaries of this programmes have received business set-up and starter-packs.
“Since I took over, I have come up with pragmatic steps towards ensuring stability in Niger delta region.
“It is more so that you hear of some persons wanting to disarm.
“I am making a letter now to Arepo in Lagos to the higher appropriate authority to allow for disarmament at Arepo. There are also some elements that want to do same in Delta State, Bayelsa, Cross River and Akwa Ibom State,” Boro explained further.
Mr Boro further said that Nigeria should not be a country with arms all over, and that it was good that militants want to disarm.