Nigerian militant to give up rockets, boats


Yenagoa, Nigeria - An official says a top militant commander in Nigeria's oil-rich Delta region will surrender rocket launchers and gunboats in the biggest hand-over of weapons since a government amnesty began two weeks ago.

Timiebi Koripamo-Agary, a spokeswoman for the government's two-month campaign says Ebikabowei "Boyloaf" Victor Ben will surrender Saturday. She did not know how many fighters would surrender along with him.

He was a state commander for the region's biggest armed group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta. The group says he is free to surrender but they will not take part in the amnesty because it does not address the region's problems.

Analysts say the program fails to address the pollution, poverty and corruption that cause the conflict. - Sapa-AP


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