- Eight Niger Delta militants and kidnappers have agreed not to venture into crime again by turning their lives around
- The ex-criminals went through a rehabilitation programme organised by the Omega Power Ministries at various camps
- The general overseer Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere disclosed that the repentant criminals are now pastors in the church
No fewer than eight repentant Niger Delta militants and kidnappers have denounced their illegal activities and surrendered.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the repentant criminals took part in a rehabilitation programme at the Omega Power Ministries.
Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere, the general overseer of the church in a telephone interview with the news publication in Abuja on Monday, April 19, confirmed that the ex-criminals are now full-time pastors in OPM branches.
According to Chinyere, the repentant militants turned a new leaf following a divine encounter through evangelism in their various camps.
The general overseer said he took them to the estate, got them baptised, and began to teach them the words of God.
He went on to note that their children have been enrolled in the free school operated by the church, while businesses have been established for the wives, Daily Trust reports.
The cleric explained that so far, at least 10,000 youths have been rehabilitated and reintegrated into society under the church's rehabilitation programme for youths.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a criminal repented of his crime and vowed not to get involved in banditry again.
The repentant bandit, Auwalun Daudawa also surrendered 20 AK-47 rifles and other weapons to Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle. Going further, he said he wants to enrol in school.
He also took an oath with the Holy Quran that he would never go back to the forest.
In a related development, the presidency denied claims that it was planning to pay repentant insurgents monthly salaries.
There were a lot of viral online claims that the federal government was planning to give repentant Boko Haram members the sum of N150,000 each as monthly salaries.
The outrageous claims have gotten the attention of the presidency which outrightly denied it on Twitter on Thursday, November 12, 2020.