The Imo State Governor has cancelled all Memorandum of Understanding between oil producing communities and oil companies operating in Ohaji Egbema and Oguta oil producing communities in Imo State.
The Mr Rochas Okorocha disclosed this during the inauguration of the Amnesty Committee at the Sam Mbakwe expanded EXCO Chambers in Government House, Owerri the state capital.
The Governor said the decision to cancel the MoU with the oil companies is to draft a new one that will correct all lapses and address all the agitations by militants and host communities.
The Governor however said the government, through the Amnesty Committee, will commence immediate rehabilitation of repentant militants, provide job opportunities as well as begin massive infrastructural development of oil producing communities as requested by the former militants.
The Governor also expressed disappointment over the lackadaisical attitude of oil companies operating in the area towards the plight of host communities.
The Chairman of the Amnesty Committee, Mrs Nkechi Okorocha promised that the committee will commence work as soon as possible to ensure that the goals and aims of their assignment is achieved within a short period of time.
Kano State Government has formed an amnesty committee for cattle rustlers who may wish to lay down their arms to stop cattle rustling and other criminal activates in the state.
While receiving cattle and other domestic animals recovered by the police in Kano, Governor Ganduje urged rustlers to surrender their weapons before it becomes too late.
According to Channels Television’s correspondent in the state, 71 suspects were arrested, while 21 weapons of different caliber were recovered from the miscreants.
While disclosing the success achieved in the fight against cattle rustlers in the state, the Governor said that “The days of cattle rustlers in Kano State are numbered”.
Mr. Ganduje also revealed that under the cattle rustling amnesty, the rustlers will be trained and empowered by the state government on any business suitable for their skills.
He went further to say that three Local Government Areas, which were worst hit by rustlers, have since been liberated while a joint military and police, ‘Operation Puff Adder’, is currently going on at the notorious Falgore Forest to fetch out fleeing rustlers who pose a threat to the growth and survival of rural economy in the state.
The State Commissioner of Police, Musa Katsina, while handing over the cattle, told the Governor that the recent encounter had led to the recovery of 519 cows, 11 camels, 134 Sheep and a large quantity of drugs valued at over 61 million Naira.
The Commissioner assured the Governor that his command will not allow Kano to continue to be a haven for cattle rustlers and other criminal activities.
The indigenes of Ogada 2 Community in Obubura Local Government Area of Cross River State have demanded that the Federal Government make efforts to ensure their social and economic development as promised by the Amnesty Committee.
The people of the community which hosted the Federal Government’s Post Amnesty Programme, used to execute the rehabilitation programme of over 2,000 ex-militants from the Oil rich, Niger Delta region.
Over a year after the conclusion of the Programme, at the NYSC Camp in Obubura, the indigenes through one of their Chiefs have stated that they will not allow the programme to hold again, except they are duly compensated.
Plans are now on ground to further train about 1000 more ex-militants at the camp, as disclosed by one of the Presidential Amnesty Officials.
The community chief said this will not happen.
He further complained that the community is yet to feel the impact of the federal government, in terms of development as promised by the Amnesty Committee.
The ambassador of Ireland to Nigeria, Patrick Fay has said that there is a need for cease fire between the Boko Haram fundamentalist sect and Nigerian security forces for any meaningful negotiation to commence between the Federal Government and the sect members.
Addressing the national executive members of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) in Kaduna, the Irish envoy noted that the security challenges facing the north is not a religious problem but one that was caused by political differences.
He said that the application of force by the Nigerian government to tackle the situation has not yielded any meaningful result hence dialogue remains the only option to address the problem.
National publicity secretary of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Anthony Sani however told the visiting ambassador that the north is in full support of the proposed amnesty for the Boko Haram sect and urged the federal government to continue with the plan in spite of the rejection of the amnesty offer by a faction of the Islamist group.