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Amaechi’s refusal to visit rehab centres worries ex-militants

By  Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT—REFORMED militants from Rivers State that have keyed into the Federal Government’s amnesty for militants in the Niger Delta have expressed worry over Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi’s refusal to visit their rehabilitation centre at the Federal Government College on Ikwerre road, Port Harcourt.

Some of the militants said yesterday that since they relocated to the rehabilitation centre on August 20, the governor has not visited them to know how they were faring.

Meanwhile, one of the reformed militant leaders, Prince  Wisdom Amachree, aka General Adekunle,  said he was not happy that the federal and state governments are yet to fulfill their promises to him when he keyed into the amnesty exercise.

According to him, nothing had been given to him to cater for his wife and children, yet he had surrendered over fifty riffles.

“School has resumed, I can’t even talk of my children going back to school,” he lamented.
He also expressed serious fears about his security since he gave up militancy.

He said at the point of surrendering his rifles and bringing his boys to key into the amnesty project, he was assured of police protection.

The police, he said, even accommodated him at their officers’ mess in Port Harcourt, adding that as soon as he submitted himself to the amnesty committee, the police withdrew their protection from him, saying he was now with the amnesty committee.

He said the development had caused him to begin to fear for his life and that of his nuclear family members.
He urged government to take steps to make concrete accommodation arrangement for him and to provide him mechanism that would guarantee their safety.

“I have three children. I want to be properly settled. Government should productively engage me and my boys.

“It is painful to see that we that surrendered voluntarily are not being taken care of. We hear every day of federal government’s delegation going to visit our friends in the creeks and taking care of them. Is it because we surrendered voluntarily?” He queried.

Another militant leader, Justice Kinje, aka General J.J., said he was surprise to see that in spite of the amnesty granted  him and his boys, the police still went ahead to arrest two of his boys, Ndubusi Nwanfo and Obina Ekeji last Sunday over what he dubbed unclear offence.

He urged government to prevail on the police to release the detainees, adding that he had also urged government to fulfill promises made to them before they surrendered.

According to him, government had assured that it would make adequate rehabilitation plan for them


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