The Governor of Anambra State, Charles Soludo has disclosed that there is the possibility of giving “amnesty” to members of the secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), by his administration.
Soludo made the disclosure during an interview with Channels Television on Sunday monitored by our correspondent.
For months on end, the south-east, including Anambra, has become the hotbed of violent attacks which have led to killings, maiming and destruction of properties. Security operatives and formations have been the most affected by these relentless onslaughts.
This is in addition to the weekly sit-at-home order on Monday, despite being suspended by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Soludo said: “Within the agitation movement, we have to agree that there are now factions. There is the one led by one guy in Finland and called Simon Ekpa”
Soludo noted that some factions of the group are believed to be behind the wanton criminality and unbridled violence that engulfed the state and the southeast zone.
He added that his government will train and rehabilitate those who key into its amnesty program so that they can contribute their quota to the development of the society.
“IPOB has come out to accuse that group of being behind much of the criminality in the South-East.
“A lot of them in the bush out there are having camps here and there. They come out to kidnap and kill. Once we isolate all the groups that are not involved in this, then we can focus on the criminals.
“We have also offered them some kind of amnesty. Come out, give us your guns, we are prepared to give you training in whatever skills, even if we have to raise resources to empower you to become useful partners in the development of society.”