New dawn as 420 militants, cult members embrace amnesty programme in Akwa Ibom

New dawn as 420 militants, cult members embrace amnesty programme in Akwa Ibom

- Jubilation in Akwa Ibom communities as cult members repented

- The repentants also included a group of kidnappers and militants

- Government said it is ready to protect and empower them

It was a new dawn in Akwa Ibom community as no fewer than 420 militants, kidnappers and cult members terrorising the Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun local government areas of the state surrendered their weapons and embraced the amnesty programme offered by the state government.

Vanguard reports that the repentant persons, on Tuesday, October 9, decided to turn a new leave during a meeting with the amnesty committee made up of heads of security agencies across the state.

READ ALSO: You made money illegally - Buhari campaign team replies Atiku gathers that the state's deputy governor, Moses Ekpo, in his address gave kudos to them for allowing a fresh breath in their lives. He also added that the state government has set out some rehabilitation programmes for the repentant, adding that government will do everything in its power to protect and empower them.

He said: "The state government is proud that most of you have agreed to live a meaningful life. I am glad that some of you want to work in the security agencies.

"The government is happy with you and will give all of you startup skills and education to enable you to realize your dreams.’’

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the Coalition of All Progressives Congress Support Groups (CAPCSG) had said the approval of additional N55 billion by federal government for the Niger Delta amnesty programme was a proof of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to the development of the region.

Sokari Afiesimama, the national publicity secretary of the coalition, said in a statement issued in Abuja that the groups also commended the president for immediate release of N30 billion out of the amount.

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