'Amnesty has led to peace'

2009-10-15 12:36

Abuja - Nigeria's president says an amnesty granted to militants over the past two months in the oil-rich Niger Delta has restored peace to the region.

The government says more than 8 000 militants have disarmed since it offered the amnesty in August.

President Umaru Yar'Adua said late on Wednesday that "agitations" are over and that development must take place in the region for peace to continue. Yar'Adua said there is now greater stabilisation in the country's oil market.

Unrest in the Delta region had cut Nigeria's oil production by about a million barrels a day.

The Delta's main militant group said it would not participate in the amnesty, but several top commanders and their men laid down their arms.