In his inauguration speech on May 29th, 2003, as the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Saraki announced strong and decisive measures, which included an immediate ‘Gun Amnesty’ programme, that included a 14-Day moratorium for anyone in possession of guns and other dangerous weapons to hand them over to the police. In addition to guaranteeing amnesty to anyone that handed in their weapons within the specified timeframe, Dr. Saraki’s amnesty programme, which was later replicated by the federal government in the Niger Delta region, helped to ensure that young people that submitted their weapons, would also be enrolled in empowerment and employment schemes.

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