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Nigerian rebel leaders accept amnesty


By Tom Burgis in Lagos

Published: October 5 2009 03:00

Three militant commanders responsible for many of the attacks that have curtailed Nigeria’s oil production have agreed to lay down their weapons after accepting the government’s offer of amnesty at the 11th hour.

Some in Mend have rejected the amnesty, saying it does not address the delta’s grievances. Mend, which orchestrated a raid on Royal Dutch Shell’s deepwater Bonga field last year, told the Financial Times: “New deadly commanders are going to take over that are not known to the government.”

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