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The Presidential Pardon


The President, Commander in Chief of the Armed forces of Nigeria, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua GCFR, on June 25, 2009, proclaimed a 60-day unconditional amnesty period for militants in the Niger Delta, as a step towards resolving the protracted insecurity in the region. The terms of the Amnesty include the willingness and readiness of militants to surrender their arms, unconditionally renounce militancy and sign an undertaking to this effect. In return, the government pledged its commitment to institute programmes to assist their disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and provision of reintegration assistance to the militants. These are major preconditions to address wider development challenges in the Niger Delta.


The Vision Statement


‘A Niger Delta Region populated with modern cities with leading edge environmental management practices, economic prosperity, skilled and healthy people and social harmony’


  • Objective: To contribute to security stabilization in the Niger Delta through the disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and sustainable re-integration of ex-militants as a precondition for medium and long term development


  • Participants: Ex-Militants who accepted the federal government’s amnesty offer and registered for the rehabilitation and integration programme.



Deliverables and Initiatives of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Re-integration Agenda


Target: 30,000 Ex – Militants

Duration: Aug 6 – Oct 4, 2009 Duration: 6 to 12 Months

Duration: Up to 5 Years

Key Activities

  • Collection of Arms and Ammunition, explosives, etc.
  • Documentation and Biometrics

Key Activities

  • Ex-Militants Report to Camp
  • Verification and Documentation
  • Transformational Training
  • Peace building & conflict resolution
  • Counseling
  • Career Guidance
  • Wellness Assessment
  • Reintegration classification
  • Education and Vocational placement
  • Graduation & Demobilization

Key Activities

  • Knowledge and Skills Acquisition
  • Financial Empowerment
    • Placement Programs
    • Micro-credit
  • Education
  • Reconciliation with local community
  • Conflict Resolution Framework/ Mechanism
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Exit of Amnesty


Key Enablers

  • Disarmament Camps
  • Massive Campaign

Key Enablers

  • Transformational Training Centres
  • Rehabilitation Camps

Key Enablers

  • Partnering Government Agencies, NGOs and Private Organizations, OGIs
  • Tracking and Support Framework




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