Rivers: Amnesty programme not a waste of time – Ken Chindah


Mr Ken Chindah, the Head, Rivers Amnesty Programme, says the state amnesty programme is a success and not the cause of the renewed violence in the state.

Chindah, who made the assertion in an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Thursday, dismissed insinuations in some quarters that the programme was a failure.

The state chapter of the Civil Liberty Organisation (CLO) recently blamed the renewed violence in some parts of the state on the failure of the state amnesty programme.

Chindah said that the Nyesom Wike-led government did well by removing arms from private hands and granting them state pardon.

He said that the programme was still in progress and assured that the government was poised to ensure effective implementation.

“In many parts of the state, people have called us to commend the government for undertaking the amnesty programme.

“Residents of the state are happy that peace has returned following the amnesty offer, it is worrisome why people will describe it as a failure,’’ he said.

He urged youths in the state to support the law enforcement agencies to ensure the enthronement of lasting peace in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some parts of the state including Port Harcourt city have been witnessing renewed criminal attacks in the past few months.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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