In a major move to restore peace across communities of Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Friday, inaugurated an Amnesty Programme Committee in the state.
The committee has as members, representatives of the Armed Forces, the Police and the Department of State Services. Special Adviser to the Governor on Amnesty, Sir Ken Chinda is chairman.
In his inauguration speech, Governor Wike charged the committee to interface with different cult groups for the purpose of retrieving arms from them.
The governor also charged the committee to work out modalities to ensure the proper integration of cultists and militants who willingly subscribe to the programme.
He warned the committee members against promising repentant cultists, and militants, that the state government will pay for arms surrendered in the course of the programme.
He declared: “Anyone who has surrendered his arms and has followed through the process laid out for the amnesty will be pardoned. Such a person will not be prosecuted.
“This committee has 60 days to complete its assignment. After the 60 days, any cultist or militant who fails to subscribe to the amnesty programme will face the full weight of the law”.
The governor reiterated that the amnesty programme was not politically motivated, pointing out that it was designed to promote the security of all communities in the state.
Responding on behalf of the committee members, Chairman of the Committee, assured the governor that members of the will work in line with the terms of reference outlined.
Members of the committee are Sir Ken Chinda, who is Special Adviser to Wike on Amnesty as chairman, Lt Col. Timothy Opurum (Army), Flt. Lt. Gabriel Folorunso Ayeyemi (Air Force), Lt. Cdr. Segun Adebajo (Navy), Daniel Uzor (DSS), ACP Imo Sam Orok (Police) and Dr. George Nweke – Permanent Secretary, Special Services Bureau, who is secretary of the committee.