By George Onah
Port Harcourt – AMANYANABO of Koniju, Okrika, Rivers State, Captain Nemi Iyalla, has called on the Federal Government to engage the repentant militants in the region in meaningful endevours as a way of consolidating the gains of the amnesty declared byÂ government.
Iyalla told Sunday Vanguard in Okrika that the people of the area were impressed by the magnanimity of government in granting amnesty to their son Ateke Tom, which has ushered gradual reconstruction and peace in the region.
â€œWe appreciate government on the amnesty, we thank Mr. President and we accept it. The president has so tried that without him we would not have gotten the amnesty at this moment of the crisis,â€ he said.
Also, Ateke Tom warned his followers to live according to the laws of the land, threatening to personally handover to the security agencies any of his former boys who breached the peace or behaved as if he was law unto himself.
To this end, the monarch said the youths of the region were largely jobless and appealed forÂ urgent governmentÂ interventionÂ because â€œan idle mind is the devilâ€™s workshopâ€, stating that the intervention would support the contingency plan already in place.