RIVERS: Governor Wike Grants 22,000 Militants Amnesty in Rivers State

Tens of thousands of youths in Rivers state suspected to have indulged in militancy and cultism, have surrendered their arms and embraced the amnesty programme of the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration.

Described the amnesty programme as ‘very sucessful’, Governor Wike noted that the fact that 22, 430 cultists accepted amnesty and surrendered 911 assorted arms with 7,661 ammunition and 147 explosives has made the state relatively peaceful.

“Initially, people felt it was a political game. I thank God that we have proved our critics wrong that we are serious to ensure the security of lives and property.

“We cannot say we can totally eliminate crime, but that you and I can sleep very well today, unlike in the past, when cultists and kidnappers had a field day.

“For those we have given the opportunity, but refused to embrace amnesty, I direct the security agencies to go after them. The time for amnesty is over and we are going to take the war to them.

“Since we have given you the opportunity and you have refused to surrender, you have become enemies of the state and the state will fight to the last to make sure that criminality is reduced to the barest minimum, so that investors will continue to have confidence to invest their funds in this state,” he said.

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