The Imo State Government on Friday warned that it may cancel the amnesty granted some alleged criminals in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of the state by the immediate past administration of Governor Rochas Okorocha.
It warned that the amnesty would be canceled if cult-related clashes persist in the area.
Deputy Governor of the State, Rt. Hon. Gerald Irona, gave the warning while addressing a delegation from the area on Friday in his office in Owerri.
His warning was contained in a statement signed and forwarded to DAILY POST, by his Adviser on Communications, Walter Duru.
Irona expressed concern over perennial cult-related clashes in the area, describing it as unacceptable.
He frowned at the renewed violence in the area despite the amnesty granted them by the last administration, warning that the present administration will not tolerate criminality in whatever guise.
He said: “They were granted amnesty by the last administration. They ought to have surrendered their guns and repented.
“Protection of lives and property is a primary business of Government. If they are still involved in cultism and terrorizing innocent citizens with arms, after accepting amnesty, the government will not fold its arms to watch them harass law abiding citizens.
“If this continues, we may have to cancel the amnesty granted them by the last administration.
“We shall take urgent steps to restore law and order in the area and every part of Imo State. We shall not patronize criminals in anyway.
“We shall encourage them turn a new leaf, but in an event that they refuse to change, Government will take necessary steps to ensure law and order in the state.”
Earlier in his speech, leader of the delegation and Chairman, Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission-ISOPADEC, Barr. Magnus Obido lamented the lingering violence in the area, calling on the state government to come to their aid.
“We are here to seek your intervention in the unending cult-related violence in our area. As we speak, everybody in our area has run away, following renewed violence in our place. We are handicapped and that is why we are here.”DON'T MISS: Download Edujandon.com News app and get latest news updates directly to your phone!