Three cult groups in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area have embraced the State Government Amnesty Programme.
The cult groups are Niger Delta Peoples volunteer Force, JVC and G12.
The Leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force GEORGE ABBEY promised not to return to criminality after embracing the amnesty programme.
The Chairman of the State Amnesty Committee KEN CHINDAH in his speech berated the police for going back to arrest repentant cultists who have embraced amnesty.
KEN CHINDAH explained that the Amnesty Programme was a collective agreement with all security agencies in the State.
Meanwhile, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area COLLINS ONUNWO has commended Governor NYESOM WIKE for his foresight to initiate the amnesty programme.
COLLINS ONUNWO pledged to support the committee to ensure the success of the program
Our Correspondent reports that some of the arms submitted by the repentant cultists include three English made pistol, one LMPG, one AK47, one G3 and one pump action gun.
MEANWHILE: RSG vows to deal with cultists and criminals who failed to surrender
The Rivers State Amnesty offer to cultists and criminals in the State has come to an end.
Governor Nyesom Wike on September 16, 2016 set up a 7-member committee on amnesty, headed by the special adviser to the governor on amnesty Ken Chindah to retrieve arms and ammunitions form criminals and cultists in the State within 60 days.
To mark the end of the amnesty the Committee displayed arms and ammunitions recovered from those who accepted the amnesty offer.
Our Correspondent reports that items recovered from the repentant cultists include nine hundred and eleven assorted arms, seven thousand six hundred and sixty one assorted ammunition and one hundred and forty seven explosives.
More repented cultists and criminals in Rivers State are calling on the State government to kick start the rehabilitation of those who embraced the State government’s amnesty.
The latest is the repented leader of the Aggrieved Youth Movement in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area, ONELGA Don Wany.
Don Wany who spoke to newsmen in his home town Aligu in ONELGA said if steps are not taken to move the repented cultists or criminals out of their communities and rehabilitate them, they may be forced to return to criminality.
Don Wany however enjoined youths not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to cause trouble during the December 10, 2016 rerun elections in Rivers State.