Former legislator urges cultists to embrace amnesty

Port Harcourt, March 28, 2017 (TNE): Cultists in Ogoniland in Rivers should, as a matter of urgency, embrace the amnesty recently offered by the governor of that state,  a former member of the state House of Assembly, Mr Chidi Amadi, has pleaded.
Gov. Nyesom Wike had announced a new amnesty programme for cultists in Ogoni area of the state following persistent clashes which had led to loss of lives and property.
Mr Nnamdi Omoni, spokesman of the state police command, had said more than five persons had been killed and property destroyed, following clashes by rival cult groups in the area from Nov. 2016 to Feb. 2017.
“ This is an opportunity to end these persistent killings and destruction of property in Ogoni area of our state. We appeal to the youth to use this great opportunity to lay down their arms and be integrated into the society,”  Amadi said.
Amadi, also Chairman of the state House of assembly service commission, said no development could take place in a hostile environment.
“ Besides, it makes no sense killing fellow Ogoni people and destroying houses. Rather, it is important that leaders and stakeholders in the area assist government to stop the clashes.
“ Whatever happens in Ogoni area affects other parts of the state. There is the need to embrace the governor`s amnesty offer for the development of the state, especially the clean-up  of the environment, an exercise being embarked upon by the Federal Government,” he said. (TNE)
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