No fewer than 69 militants yesterday submitted themselves for the amnesty programme of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, and surrendered 38 rifles, including 35 Ak47s, some of them new, and about 9,153 rounds of ammunition.
The militants include, Prince Wisdom Amachree, second-in-command to leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo, whose followers were 47, Solomon Ndigbara who came with 18 followers and another four from the Norsemen of Niger Delta whose leader was simply identified as JJ.
Also yesterday, Amnesty Media Coordinator in RiversState, Mr. Bestman Nnwoka, said they had dispatched a helicopter to take delivery of 200 rifles and equal number of repentant militants from Kula, in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of the state.
While Amachree and his boys brought 34 AK47 rifles and 9,153 .76mm NATO standard bullets, Ndigbara, who had earlier submitted his weapons also brought an AK47 rifle, pump action gun and a locally made gun.
The weapons were submitted at the Government Girls Secondary School, Okungba, Ogoloma, in Okrika Local Government area in the presence of the Assistant Inspector General of Police in Charge of Zone 6, Calabar, Mr. Azubuko Udah, Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Mr. Bala Hassan,Media Coordinator of the Presidential Committee on Amnesty, Mrs. Timiebi Koripame-Agari and Nnwoka.
AIG Udah lauded the programme, saying it justified his position that with time, youths in the region would embrace the scheme.
According to him, the number of guns submitted yesterday alone was a source of happiness to him, adding that it would bolster the confidence of others to do likewise.