Rivers Amnesty: More Cultists Surrender Arms

Rivers Amnesty: More Cultists Surrender ArmsHundreds of cultists and their gang leaders from Ikwere and Obio Akpor local government areas have joined the queue to embrace the Rivers amnesty programme offered them by the state government.

This came as the 3-month grace period given by the government draws to a close.

Notable among the latest repentant cultists are two gang leaders, known as Italian and Gunboat, who had earlier been declared enemies of the state for refusing to accept the amnesty programme.

The event, which lasted into the night, became rowdy at some point as the cultists and suspected criminals from Ikwere and Obio Akpor communities arrived to denounce their old acts.

The amnesty committee had to resort to the use of camera lights as day light began to fade away, coupled with the evening’s rainfall.

The Special Adviser to the Governor of Rivers State on Amnesty, Kenneth Chinda, granted pardon on behalf of the state government.

He warned Justice Amadi also known as Italian and others who joined the amnesty queue to stay away from criminality henceforth.

The repentant Justice Amadi also replied, “from today I’m no longer Italian, call me by my name Justice” as he received his pardon.

The caretaker committee chairman of Ikwere Local Government Area, Samuel Nwonosike, then advised all those who have accepted the state’s pardon to stay out of trouble.

He warned that anyone who goes back to crime would face the full weight of the law.

“They are safe as long as they don’t go back to crime. But as soon as they go back to crime, the full weight of the law will come upon them,” he said.

The Rivers amnesty programme continues to achieve success with hundreds of cultists having, one week earlier, denounced crime and criminality with arms and ammunition recovered in various local government areas.

Cultists, Suspected Criminals Surrender Arms In Ikwere, Rivers State

arms, cultists, suspected criminals, Illegal Weapons, Amnesty, RiversThe amnesty programme of the Rivers state government has achieved appreciable success with hundreds of cultists denouncing crime and criminality with arms and ammunition recovered in various local government areas in the state.

This is according to the Special Adviser to the Governor of Rivers State on Amnesty, Kenneth Chinda.

The Special Adviser and his team were in Ikwere Local Government Area where hundreds of cultists and suspected criminal assembled to surrender their arms and ammunition as well as denounce their criminal tendencies.

Ikwere Local Government Area of Rivers State, South-South Nigeria, known for its rich arable land, had been ravaged by cultist activities over the years.

But the decision by the cultists and suspected criminals appeared to be a sign that all that may soon change.

The residents of the community were in joyous mood, shouting, singing and chanting, as the cultists announced their arrival.

One after the other, leaders and members of the various gangs surrendered what appeared to be arms and ammunition and denounced their alliances.

Although two notorious gang leaders known as Italian and Gunboat refused to show up for the exercise, the caretaker committee chairman of the local government area, noted that this was an important occasion and also a serious matter.

He decried the havoc that cultism and other criminal activities have caused the communities and declared that it was indeed time to put a stop to the menace.

To drive home the seriousness of the matter, elders of the community also made pronouncements, pledging more support for efforts to rid their communities of crime.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Amnesty, Kenneth Chinda, added that government would do everything possible to sustain the peace in the communities.

He urged the repentant cultists never to go back to the world of crime and violence.

Boko Haram: Irish Ambassador Says Cease Fire Condition For Negotiation

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.

Militant Group Surrenders Arms To JTF In Yenogoa

A militant group in Bayelsa State whose sole aim of handing over weapons ranging from ranging from guns, ammunitions, live tortoise and other fetish materials is to stop the violence being inflicting on the Niger Delta region and also partake in the 3rd phase of the amnesty program has done exactly that as they handed over their weapons to the Joint Taskforce (Operation Pulo) shield in Yenagoa on Friday, as they gave up the struggle.

The group, led by Inaemi David, 31, who is the head and commander of the group confessed to carrying out numerous attacks on oil pipelines in the Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

David, who led members of his group to the JTF Headquarters in Yenagoa on Friday including a female member who was put in charge of the handover process, said they decided to surrender their weapons because of their resolve to embrace peace and live normal lives.

“We realised there is no peace in our lives; we felt tired of living a life of militancy, so we approached the JTF and informed them of our resolve to surrender our arms and munitions. After due consultations, we were convinced that if we take this positive step to surrender our weapons, it will bring the dawn of a new life for us,” David said.

David now repentant claimed that he leads an army of over 50 foot soldiers in the Niger Delta struggle and it was frustration and deprivation in the region that a lot of the youth into the militancy thing.

“We went into militancy not to kill but to show our frustration to the government. We want the government to know that the Niger Delta people have a right to the possession of our resources,” he said.

David bore it all on arrival to the base of the Joint task force (Operation Puloshield) in Yenagoa, as he disclosed the location of the militant group which he claimed is at the creeks of Odioma Community of Brass Local Government Area of the state as he advised the FG to create employment for the Niger Delta youth as this is a lasting solution to the problem of militancy in the Niger Delta as there are still other splinter groups of militants in the creeks who are not ready to relinquish their weapons.

After the handover of the weapons by the Ianemi David-led militant group, the Public Relations Officer of the JTF, Lieutenant Colonel Onyeama swung into action by inspecting the items and after the inspection he listed them as the head commandant of the JTF Major General Batta Debiro applauded the decision of the militants to voluntarily surrender their arms.

The JTF are optimistic that this willing surrender by the militant group will mark the beginning of many more to come.


JTF Recovers Arms And Ammunitions In Yobe State, Kills One

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Yobe state said one suspected member of the dreaded Boko Haram sect has been killed in a gun battle in the state.

In a statement made available to news men in Damaturu; the state capital, its Spokesman Lieutenant Eli Lazarus reveals that the killing followed an encounter between the JTF who were on patrol around the Gujba Area of the state and members of the Boko Haram.

Other members of the Islamic group according to the statement, escaped with various gunshot wounds during the encounter after abandoning their vehicle.

Items recovered from the suspects include five AK 47 rifles, two hundred and eleven rounds of ammunition and ten Magazines.

Other items include one Mitsubishi Canter truck, two motorcycles and Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs) materials, medical supplies as well as Police Uniforms.

The statement adds that JTF will continue to work assiduously towards the restoration of permanent peace in the state.

Niger Police arrests two suspected Boko Haram members

The Police in Niger State have arrested two suspected Boko haram members at Angwa Daji community in Chanchaga Local Government Area of the state.

The arrest was made following a complain made by members of the sleepy community after the discovery  of an AK 47 rifle inside a popular Mosque at an Islamic school   where some Almajeris were being kept to  learn  Islamic education.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television in Minna, the Police Public Relations Officer Niger State Police Command; Pius Edobor mentioned that the rifle which belongs to the Nigeria Police was loaded with 27 rounds of live ammunition.

He further mentioned that an empty shell of an expelled bullet was also recovered from the mosque.

The suspects which include the head of the school are presently helping the Police in the investigation, the Police boss concluded.

Israel asks U.S. for arms to attack Iran

The Israeli government has asked the United States for advanced “bunker-buster” bombs and refueling planes that can improve its ability to attack Iran’s underground nuclear sites.

Official sources say the request was made during the Israeli Prime Minister’s (Benjamin Netanyahu) visit to Washington on Monday.
A front-page article in a local Israeli newspaper, Ma’ariv, on Thursday disclosed that Obama has assured Netanyahu that Washington would supply Israel with upgraded military equipment in return for assurances that there would be no attack on Iran in 2012.
Isreal is widely assumed to have the Middle East’s only nuclear arsenal but its conventional firepower may not be enough to deliver lasting damage to Iran’s distant, dispersed and well-fortified facilities, many experts say.

Israel has limited stocks of older, smaller bunker-busters and a small fleet of refueling planes, all supplied by Washington. Western powers suspect Iran’s uranium enrichment program is aimed at stockpiling fissile material for nuclear weapons.

Iran says it is strictly for civilian energy uses.