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Akwa Ibom Ex-Militants, Cultists Embrace Amnesty Programme

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Akwa Ibom Ex-Militants, Cultists Embrace Amnesty Programme

Former militants, cultists and kidnappers, numbering about 420, from Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom on Tuesday, embraced the amnesty programme offered by the state government.

The amnesty programme is the latest strategy initiated by the state government to end killings and destruction of property in the areas.

Addressing the repented militants on Tuesday in Uyo, the state Deputy Gov. Mr Moses Ekpo, commended them for renouncing their actions after they surrendered their weapons to the amnesty committee.

The committee is made up of heads of security agencies in the state.

Ekpo said the state government had signed an undertaking on their behalf, to protect them from harassment by security agencies and drawn up a rehabilitation programme that would reform their lives.

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He said that with their action, the crisis-ridden and deserted communities would begin to experience a new lease of life.

The deputy governor promised that work would soon begin on projects abandoned by contractors due to insecurity.

“Government is proud that most of you have said you want to live a meaningful life.

“I am glad that some of you say you want to work in the security agencies and want to rise to the level of even a police commissioner.

“Government is happy with you and will give all of you start up skills and education to enable you realise your dreams in life,” Ekpo said.

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In his remarks, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Samuel Ogunjemilusi, commended the former cultists for their commitment to the restoration of peace in their communities.

He urged them to surrender the remaining weapons in their custody so as not to be tempted to use them to commit crime again.

“The security agencies in the state are committed to the success of the amnesty programme and restoration of lasting peace in the area,’’ Ogunjemilusi said.

He, however, warned that the amnesty would only cover their past and not those crimes committed after the amnesty programme.

One of the leaders of the repentant cultists, Unyime Ibanga, alias Overcomer, thanked the state government and security agencies for the opportunity given them to live normal lives again.

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Ibanga pledged the commitment of his members to the restoration of lasting peace in the state.

He said that unfulfilled promises from the government was a reason for their violent actions and called on the state government to keep to its promise of rehabilitating them.

Ibanga said the rehabilitation became necessary so that he and his colleagues would not be tempted to return to crime.

The rehabilitation process for the 264 men who surrendered from Ukanafun Local Government Area has started.

Those from Etim Ekpo Local Government Area will soon begin as soon as their documentation is completed.

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Goodluck Jonathan Denies Dumping PDP

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Goodluck Jonathan Denies Dumping PDP

Former president Goodluck Jonathan has denied rumours he had dumped the People Democratic Party.

The former president said he has no reason to quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), or retire from politics for now.

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He made the statement through his media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, in reaction to a report by an online publication claiming the former president had resigned from PDP and quit politics.

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Eze’s statement described the news as fake, saying it was a “calculated attempt to rubbish the elder statesman”

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Supplementary Elections: Presidency Urges APC Candidates To Work And Earn People’s Mandate

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Supplementary Elections: Presidency Urges APC Candidates To Work And Earn People's Mandate

President Mohammadu Buhari has charged all APC candidates in states where supplementary elections would hold to work hard to earn the people’s trust and mandate.

The presidency warned state governors against having any thoughts that the president would influence the decision of the people.

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It also warned political leaders to desist from making inflammatory statements capable of inciting the citizenry to violence ahead of Saturday’s supplementary elections.

The presidency said some party leaders expected that Buhari would abuse his office by usurping the powers of INEC to turn the table in their favour.

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Party leaders in the six states were advised to work hard to earn the people’s votes on Saturday.

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Gbenga Daniel Quits Politics, Shows Interest In APC

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Gbenga Daniel Quits Politics, Shows Interest In APC

Ogun State former governor Gbenga Daniel has shown interest in joining the All Progressives Party.

Gbenga Daniel resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday saying he was quitting politics.

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But on Sunday, after meeting with his supporters, Daniel said he was considering their plea that he ‘lead them into APC.’

Apart from governing Ogun under the PDP, Gbenga Daniel was the chief campaign strategist for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in last month’s election.

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Daniels also supported Ogun APC governorship candidate, Dapo Abiodun, in the governorship election in the state.

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