By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia â€” THE amnesty declared two weeks ago by Abia State government for kidnappers and other violent criminal elements in the state, yesterday, suffered a major set-back, as a repentant kidnapper, who was going to one of the arms’ collection centres, was killed by soldiers attached to the joint patrol teams operating in the state.
The state government was quick to conclude that the incident was an act of sabotage by unnamed politicians who did not want the programme to succeed.
The slain repentant kidnapper was said to be going to drop his arms and dangerous weapons and to also get himself registered at the centres when he was killed.
Abia State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Umeh Kalu, who doubles as the chairman of the amnesty committee, regretted the turn ofÂ events.
According to him, the amnesty programme was sabotaged by unnamed highly placed persons in the society, including politicians, in order to discredit the government.
â€œI am not afraid to say it. This is sabotage by highly placed people, even in the political circle,â€ Kalu said, pointing out that everything had been well planned to receive the repentant criminals at the designated centres only for them to receive the unfortunate news of the killing to scuttle everything.
Angered and gripped by fear, following the shooting, other repentant kidnappers who were said to be on their way to the various centres ran back into the bush to their various camps.