See Shocking Photos As Rivers State Amnesty Committee Present Arms Recovered From Militants Who Embraced Amnesty

8Rivers State Government on Tuesday concluded the first phase of the State Amnesty Program, with Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike disbanding all vigilante committees in all communities of the state.

The governor also directed security agencies to henceforth go after all cultists and kidnappers who refused to voluntarily accept the amnesty offer of the state government, pointing out that his administration has zero tolerance to crime and criminality.88The governor spoke at the Government House, Port Harcourt during the submission of the report of the Rivers State Amnesty Program. The State Amnesty Committee had its membership drawn from the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy , the Nigerian Police and the Department of State Services.

The governor described the State Amnesty Program as ‘very successful’, noting that the fact that 22, 430 cultists accepted amnesty and surrendered 911 assorted arms with 7661 assorted ammunitions and 147 explosives has made the state relatively peaceful.888He said;

“But to show that Government is serious, I hereby disband all vigilante committees in the various communities. I direct the security agencies to make sure that we don’t have such committees except they profile their members to prove that they don’t belong to any cult groups.

“Initially , people felt it was a political game . I thank God almighty that we have proved our critics wrong that we are serious to ensure the security of lives and property in the state. We cannot say that 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.”

Speaking further, the governor said: “For those we have given the opportunity, but they 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.

“To tell politicians that you must not politicize crime. If anybody is involved in crime, we must not reduce it to party politics. When somebody is a cultist, don’t say that that person belongs to party A, that is not fair. We have to fight crime. We have to join hands to bring lasting peace to this state.”

The governor explained that the state government resolved not to monetise the amnesty programme because it wanted the cultists and kidnappers to sincerely embrace the programme. He assured all the repentant cultists and kidnappers that they will be duly rehabilitated and made to become useful to the society.

He said;

“We did not exchange money for the return of arms. It was voluntary. We said, return your arms and denounce any cult group you belong to and we will give you amnesty. All those who have not gone back to crime, be rest assured that nobody will arrest you. But if by tomorrow, you return to crime, know that amnesty does not cover you.

“I urge the Federal Government to give us the support we require for peace to reign in this state. Rivers State is the Treasure Base of this nation. If there is crisis in Rivers State, it will affect Nigeria and so for us as a government, we will continue to partner with Federal Government to achieve zero tolerance to crime. We will not support crime. It doesn’t matter the political divide. If you are involved, you will face the law.”

Presenting the report of the State Amnesty Programme Committee, Sir Kenneth Chinda said the committee was successful because it adsopted a direct dialogue approach by establishing direct, honest, transparent and sincere contacts with leaderships of the various groups through a discreet confidence building process.

The committee called on the State Government to disband all armed community vigilance groups and also direct all communities to surrender their weapons to the relevant security agencies.

He informed the governor that a total of 22, 430 cultists and militants renounced cultism and embraced the amnesty offer, while they surrendered 911 arms, 7661 assorted ammunition and 147 explosives.

The submission of report by the Rivers State Amnesty Committee was witnessed by all the Service Commanders in Rivers State.

Simeon Nwakaudu,

Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor,

Electronic Media.

15th November, 2016.8888 77

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  • Mezzy Gilbert

    Na waoooo,

  • Kenny D Osonwa

    Hmmmm, doubt founded by the amount of arms and ammunition seen here.. Hope this goes well.

  • kayode akinsanya

    That’s much, good for them

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    Some of all these stories can’t actually be true,

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    So who wan believe this one
    Make them relax joor

  • emekachilaka

    o boy those guys are really mean hehe

  • I just dey laugh

    when you look close to this pic you will found out that most of the guns are local made but yet our Idiot leaders will ignore those youth with brain and still be going outside country to beg for weapons to buy what a disgrace country called Nigeria

    • Mezzy Gilbert

      Hahahahaha,dem no no say na creating job opportunities

      • I just dey laugh

        No mind them

  • WillieBravo

    Just imagine how many guns are on the lose in the hands of these hoodlums. Smh

  • chika bibian

    Thea weapons are so many mehn

  • …choi!!!!….this is some serious fire power

  • Olovo Obinna

    But I am still wondering what kind of plans do the government hv…
    Since they hv good plans for repentant criminals what then is d plans for innocent law abiding unemployed graduates

    • Mezzy Gilbert

      Good question

  • Olovo Obinna

    Abeg owelle rochas should see this oh…are they for real,,if real then I must commend the brain behind this….

    • emekachilaka

      that aboke no get eyes nao

      • Olovo Obinna