General Felix Omereji, a leading Commander of the Niger Delta Avengers fighting in the Oil Producing Areas of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta, Imo State, on September 21, 2016, conceded with his fighters and embraced peace. This came just forty-eight hours to the expiration of the deadline given to the remnants of the militants in the state.
According to General Felix, his group avoided the first phase of the disarmament programme last week to really see what the State Government would do with the Commanders and their fighters who had surrendered.
He said this during the event which took place at the Imo International Convention Centre (IICC) Owerri.
Felix then revealed that he was motivated to surrender weapons and embrace peace when he saw Governor Rochas Okorocha’s sincerity with regard to the first disarmament programme. General Felix and his fighters had laid down guns including AK47 and explosives.
While feeling repentant for all they did in the Oil Producing areas of the State, he prayed that God would also pardon them, thanking Governor Okorocha for his approach to the development which encouraged them to come out from the forest to embrace peace. He, therefore, assured that they would make sure the peace already achieved in the oil producing areas of the state is sustained.
Speaking at the occasion, Governor Okorocha told General Felix and his fighters that he has granted them pardon just like those who surrendered before them while President Mohammadu Buhari would grant them amnesty. He further commended them for not waiting till the deadline he gave to them elapsed.
The Imo state Governor said:
“We are here to receive our children who have been living in the forest for years killing many people. I am your father. I will pardon you, while the President would grant you Amnesty. We have gathered to dramatise life for those of the Militants who have dropped their guns to embrace peace. They have been pardoned.”
Since the last disarmament programme the people of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta who abandoned their homes and ran away for years or months have begun to return to their homes, for this, the Governor expressed happiness, assuring that he will do everything with his power to see to it that the peace achieved in the area is maintained.