Nigerian rebel commander embraces amnesty
"I hereby formally accept the amnesty offer and lay down my arms."
- Ateke Tom, former militant commander
A key Nigerian militant leader, Ateke Tom, has officially accepted an amnesty offer during a meeting with Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua.
The amnesty, which officially began on August 6 and ends on October 4, has recorded "some remarkable progress," the Nigerian leader said earlier in the day in a nationwide radio and television broadcast to mark the nation's 49th independence anniversary.