Bakassi militants surrender, beg for amnesty

Members of the Bakassi Strike Force have extended an olive branch to the Department of State Security, stating that they were ready to embrace amnesty.

In a statement released by the Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre of Operation Delta Safe, Lt Col. Olaolu, the army said the group through its leader, Benjamin Ene has submitted some weapons.

It read, “Following consistent successful operation against militants and criminals by Operation DELTA SAFE, available information from Sector 4 in Cross River State indicates that Bakassi Strike Force militants, led by one Mr Benjamin Ene has expressed unreserved willingness to lay down arms and have contacted the Department of State Service in Cross River State through the State Government’s appointed rapporteur on amnesty to signify their readiness to hold talks on amnesty with the relevant authorities.

“To buttress this demonstration of goodwill, BSF turned in one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) and an AK 47 rifle.  The Department of State Service representatives and representatives of the rappoteur have since recovered the arms as talks are ongoing on modalities to surrender their remaining arms.”

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