Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State has called on the Federal Government to extend the amnesty programme to some five thousand repentant kidnappers in the state.
The governor, represented by Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Mkpa Agu Mkpa made the call on Monday in Umuahia at a public hearing on the non-inclusion of the former kidnappers in the amnesty programme, organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions.
“These young people ought to benefit from the same amnesty package of monthly stipends and job/vocational training opportunities being enjoyed by their counterparts in the Niger Delta,” Orji said.
Explaining how his government granted amnesty to the kidnappers within its limited resources, Orji said that when large numbers of persons were unemployed, there would be greater possibility of increase in criminal activities.
Orji said that the ex-kidnappers were eager to be involved in programmes that would enable them make a living.
…so as to enable them to be recruited as government thugs !
The governor is right,amnesty should be extended to kidnappers in d southeast since what’s sauce for d goose is also sauce for d gander.