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Abia seeks traditional rulers’ support on amnesty

 By Anayo Okoli

 Umuahia — ABIA State Government has called on traditional rulers in the state to help mobilise their people to embrace the amnesty declared for kidnappers, other criminals and their sponsors.

Abia State government had on Monday, officially declared a two-week amnesty for all kidnappers and perpetrators of other violent crime in the state as well as their sponsors.

Governor Theodore Orji’s Media Adviser on Electronic Media, Mr. Ugochukwu Emezue who made the appeal, said the cooperation of traditional rulers, who are very close to the grassroots will make for the success of the peace deal.

Emezue, who commended the Federal Government for collaborating with the state on the peace deal, said with  the programme, a new window of peaceful and meaningful life style has been opened for the youths.

According to him, the government had already posted personnel at the arms collection centres that would monitor the progress of the amnesty. The media aide also called on the kidnappers to embrace the amnesty programme, describing it as “a peace deal which is commendable”.

According to him, “the collaboration is a good one and we are calling on our youths to lay down their arms and join government in its effort.  We are part of the Niger Delta, and we should gain from the Federal Government amnesty programme.”


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