Thousands of Delta rebels accept Nigerian amnesty

By Incorrect Author 9 October 2009

Some 15,000 rebels in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta have surrendered their arms and accepted a presidential amnesty, the government says. This was followed by the surrender of three senior militants from the fractious rebel group, Mend. Attacks on oil facilities in the Delta have reduced Nigeria's oil output by a third in a conflict fuelled by poverty, the redistribution of oil wealth and widespread petroleum pollution. The government has built only three centres to house the former gunmen, which raises questions as to how they will be rehabilitated.

Gallery

While we have your attention...

An increasingly rare commodity, quality independent journalism costs money - though not nearly as much as its absence.

Every article, every day, is our contribution to Defending Truth in South Africa. If you would like to join us on this mission, you could do much worse than support Daily Maverick's quest by becoming a Maverick Insider.

Click here to become a Maverick Insider and get a closer look at the Truth.


Days of Zondo

Nedbank chief spills the beans on Gupta-based meeting with Zwane

By Jessica Bezuidenhout

The Harvard Grant Study the longest ever study of humans found that success was linked to having done chores as a child.