Vanguard (Lagos)

13 December 2012

Nigeria: Over 120 Militants Surrender Arms in Delta

Warri — Ex-militants of the Niger Delta Liberation Force, NDLF, of the late John Togo, yesterday, surrendered their arms to Delta State Government with a promise never to return to criminality.

Leader of the NDLF, Peter Perebowei, now a born again Christian, said: "We are now prepared to work with the state government to ensure peace and tranquility," adding that anyone caught henceforth in any criminal act was on his own.

The former dreaded leader of NDLF, John Togo, was killed by operatives of Joint Task Force, JTF, last year during a battle at his camp near Ayakoromo, in Burutu Local Government Area of the state, and his corpse is still lying at Warri Central Hospital morgue.

The arms surrendered by the repentant militants to the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr. Ovuozorie Macauley and Chief Security Officer, CSO, to the state governor, Navy Commodore John Kpokpogri (rtd), were nine AK47m; seven GPMG; six AK47 riffles; two G3M; one FM riffle; one G3 riffle; one RPG; one FM magazine and a laptop computer.

Ammunitions submitted include 188 metal link (NATO); 111 — 7.62mm; 28 — 7.62mm special; 60 —2.5mm pistol ammo respectively.

Receiving the arms and ammunition in the presence of top military officers in Warri, Macauley, charged them to change their ways from criminality as they had sworn to an oath before God and man never to return anti-social vices.

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