By Jimitota Onoyume
Port Harcourt – GOVERNOR Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has said he was ready to receive any genuine repentant militant in the state that was set to surrender his arms. The governor, who stated this in an interview with newsmen in Omoku, said the decision of the state government to receive genuinely repentant militants was part of its commitment to the Federal Governmentâ€™s amnesty to Niger Delta militants.
The governor said the responsibility of government was to protect lives and property, and assured the militants who had turned in their weapons of the state governmentâ€™s preparedness to assist them live normal lives again.
He said: â€œWe are asking those of them who have not turned in their weapons to do so, to enable the state government protect them like other citizens. Whereas the state government is doing its best to restore normalcy to the state, we would not condone any action that runs contrary to genuine repentance.â€
Amaechi said the state government had earlier commenced the process of rehabilitating repentant militants and cultists through the establishment of the State Social Rehabilitation Centre (SRC), at Okehi, headed by Chief Albert Horsfall, a retired security chief, and called on the people to receive those that have turned in their arms.