Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, has stated that the amnesty granted by Rochas Okorocha, the governor of Imo State to cultists who killed 23 persons in Omoku, on Monday, January 1, 2018, at Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers state, has no impact in Rivers State.
Wike speaking on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 during the signing of a bill at the Government House, Port Harcourt, saying that the wanted cultists, are kingpins of the Don Wanny’s gang, would be brought to justice.
He further stated that the N20 million bounty on the heads of the cultists still stands, saying the security agencies would be empowered to bring the criminals to account for their crimes.
Wike asserted that the action of Governor Okorocha was further proof of the intelligence available to Rivers Government that the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its officials were politicising the lapses in security to the disadvantage of the rest of the country.
“Just yesterday, Monday, February 5, 2018, the Governor of Imo State granted amnesty to the cultists we declared wanted. These are cultists of the Don Wanny gang, who killed 23 persons on New Year day.”
“These are cultists, who have been killing security agents. That amnesty offered by Governor Okorocha cannot cover Rivers State. These criminal cultists are still wanted for their crimes against Rivers State and her people.”
“There is no need playing politics with the security of lives and property. Before Governor Rochas Okorocha granted amnesty to those who killed our people, he did not deem it fit to call me.
“They should always weigh the implications of these actions to the security of the region. Whether you are in PDP or APC, there is no need to politicize security”, Wike said.