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Repentant militant leader becomes chief in Rivers community

By Davies Iheamnachor

ALIGWU – THE paramount of Aligwu community, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, ONELGA, Rivers State, His Highness  C. Nwokocha, has conferred a chieftaincy title of Oyirimba I of Ogba land on a newly repentant militant leader, Prince Ejima Johnson Igwedibia, a.k.a Don Waney, for laying down arms and embracing the amnesty programme of the state government.

He lauded the efforts of Igwedibia, describing him as God-sent to Aligwu. Elaborating on the reason for the conferment, Community Development Committee, CDC, chairman of the community, Hon. Godsent Amos, said former agitator’s acceptance of the peace programme was vital to the amity the community enjoys at the moment.

•Don Waney during the coronation

Amos also said that his laying down arms had restored peace to ONELGA and the state in general and advised him to sustain the restored peace.

The CDC chair enumerated the contributions of the Aligwu community to the development of the country’s economy and the oil and gas sector, disclosing that the United African Company had a post in the community during the trade on oil palms.He stressed the need for the people to be carried along in the scheme of things.

I’ll work more for community  

In his speech, High Chief Igwedibia, coronated with two of his lieutenants, Ikechukwu Adiela and Augustine Osisiah, by the eldest man in the community, Chief Gospel Egbirika, expressed happiness at the honour done him and promised to fight more determinedly for the development of the community and ONELGA.

He warned against kidnapping, pipeline vandalism, rape and armed robbery in the area and called on the youths to join hands in maintaining peace in the state.

Igwedibia called on politicians to stop using the youths to cause unrest in the state, saying “No youth should be used to rig or foment trouble in any election in the state.”

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the state governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for their efforts in restoring peace in the Niger Delta and the state.

“Corporate bodies in the area should shun divide-and-rule approach tactics, capable of jeopardizing their operations and embrace open door approach. Our youths can be gainfully employed if they operate well,” he said.



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