The militants who kidnapped six students from senior Secondary School pupils of Lagos Model College, Igbonla, Epe, Lagos State, some months ago, were among some youths that laid their ammunition to embrace the amnesty programme of the Ondo State Government on Tuesday.
The militants were also alleged to be involved in several pipeline vandalism at Arepo in Ogun State and multiple attacks in the riverine areas of Ondo State.
The militants were led by Ogailo Young, their leader also known as OC, to the Collection and Documentation of Arms Centre in Ajakpa community in the Ese-Odo Local Government Area of the state.
They said they ready to drop their arms and ammunition to embrace the amnesty programme and allow peace to reign in the state.
Young appreciated the state and the Federal Government for the fresh amnesty initiative extended to his men.
He said joblessness and poverty, as a result of neglect by government, led them to crime.
He said, “If we are asked the reasons for embarking on our struggle, the simple answer is joblessness, suffering, poverty, oppression, and neglect by the government. “We did not find life easy. We relocated to Ogun State and the schoolboys in Government College, Igbonla, Epe, were kidnapped.
Their release led to the present arrangement through the courageous efforts of the deputy governors of Ondo and Delta states. We did not kidnap these boys for mere ransom, but to negotiate our freedom and re-integration into normal life.” The leader of the repentant armed group added that the members decided to stop illegal oil bunkering and planned the kidnap in order to get the attention of the government.
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