Amnesty extends to Ondo militants

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Federal government is to extend amnesty to former militants willing to surrender arms in riverine areas of Ondo state, says Ondo deputy governor Agboola Ajayi.

Their official entry into the programme is to hold on November 9.

Federal government has recently announced fresh funding for the programme.

Ondo state government was crucial to the release of six secondary school students of Lagos Model College, Epe who were taken by militants on May 25.

The militants operate in riverine areas of Lagos, Ogun and Ondo states.

Among conditions for the release of the students, the militants demanded Ondo state government to speak on their behalf on how they could benefit from the amnesty programme.

Speaking before officials at the National Defence College in Abuja, said, “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.

“They can be empowered through Agriculture at this time that the federal and state governments are committed to diversifying the economy.

 Ondo has one the country’s longest and deepest coastlines.

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.

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