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Ateke Tom to surrender arms before Oct 4 deadline – Amnesty c’ttee

By  Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT—COMMITTEE for the implementation of presidential amnesty has assured that militant leader, Ateke Tom, would key into the exercise before it expires on October 4.

Media Coordinator of the Committee, Dr. Timiebi Koripamo Agary, who dropped this hint in a chat with Vanguard at Okehi during the graduation of the first batch of ex-militants rehabilitated and retrained by the Rivers State Social and Rehabilitation Committee headed by a former security czar in the country, Chief Albert Horsfall, said the amnesty committee had already started documentation of some of Ateke’s boys.

“We are very much succeeding. Ateke’s people are being documented. He will turn in his arms before October 4. We still have some days to go,” she said.

She also dismissed insinuations in some quarters that the amnesty programme was failing because of what some tagged absence of post-amnesty plans for the reformed militants.

Agary said the government had an all-embracing plan in place that would take care of the reformed militants and ensure they transformed into useful members of the society.

She he appealed to the reformed militants to focus on what they stand to gain from the amnesty project.


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