- The House of Respresentatives has been divided over an alleged amnesty granted to some militants by Imo state governor, Rotimi Amaechi
- The militants were reportedly members of a dreaded cult wanted in Rivers state
The House of Representatives session on Tuesday, February 13, was disrupted after members launched into a heated debate over an alleged amnesty granted to some wanted militants by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state.
The militants are believed to be followers of Don Waney, a notorious kidnapper and serial killer, who masterminded the killings of 23 people on January 1, 2018.
Don Waney was eventually killed by the police but most of his followers fled the state and it is believed that most of the fleeing fugitives went to Imo state to seek amnesty under the guise of being militants.
Premium Times reports that the rowdy session in the house occurred before a motion co-sponsored by the Rivers state caucus of the House and presented by Betty Apiafi was raised to ask the house to look into the decision made by the Imo state governor.
“It will become a legislative overreach for us to attempt to settle a rift between two states.
“Section 232 and 212 clearly states that issues of states jurisdiction lies in the Supreme Court whether it is of law or facts," he said.
In disagreement with Gbajabiamila, Uzomma Nkem-Abonta (PDP-Abia) said Governor Okorocha had no powers to declare amnesty for a crime that was not committed in his state.
“For amnesty to be given, the crime has to be committed within a jurisdiction of the state. You cannot grant pardon for an offence commited in Rivers, in Imo.
“Rochas cannot grant amnesty for an offence commited by Boko Haram members in North-east in Imo state," he said.
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The House speaker, Yakubu Dogara, who presided over the plenary said in order to guide the House properly, the motion should be referred to the committees on justice, ethics and privileges and national security and a report sent back in one week.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor, on Tuesday, February 6, slammed Governor Rochas Okorocha for granting amnesty to the cultist gang responsible for the New Year Day killings in Omoku community which claimed the lives of about 23 residents in the state.
He said the amnesty granted by the Imo state governor to the cultists will have no impact in his state as the N20 million bounty placed on the cultists by the Rivers state government still stands.
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