Wike, Okorocha trade words over amnesty for criminals

From: Willie Etim (Port Harcourt) and Angela Nkwo-Akpolu (Owerri)
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State has accused his Imo State counterpart Owelle Rochas Okorocha, of granting amnesty to wanted cultists who took part in the killing of 23 persons in Omoku on New Year Eve last year.
Wike said the action of Okorocha was a proof of the intelligence available to the Rivers State government that the APC planned to grant amnesty to wanted cultists for political reasons.
The governor spoke during the signing of a bill at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday, said that the wanted cultists who are kingpins of the Don Waney gang will be brought to justice.
According to him, the N20million placed on their heads still stands and that the security agencies will be empowered to bring the criminals to account for their crimes.
The governor berated the APC and her officials for politicising security to the disadvantage of the rest of the country.
In a swift reaction, Okorocha denied the allegations that he had granted amnesty to Don Waney’s gang members, saying the state only forgave them.
Okorocha’s Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemodo, in a statement said “the state has forgiven them and will subsequently give their names to the Federal Government for amnesty.a�?
Onwuemodo insisted that no amnesty had been granted them, insisting that it was only forgiveness.

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