Recent amnesty granted by the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to indigenes of the state came under scrutiny yesterday on the floor of the House of Representatives.
The House mandated three committees, national security, justice and ethics and privileges to investigate the subject matter in order to get details of what actually transpired.
A motion sponsored by 12 lawmakers from Rivers State faulted the governor’s action.
The motion which was later set aside for detailed investigation to elicit more information that will guide the lawmakers’ decision had alleged that the Imo State governor granted amnesty to criminal elements on the wanted list of the Rivers State Government.
The motion was titled: “Alleged grant of amnesty by Governor Rochas Okorocha to persons who had been declared wanted by the Rivers State Security Council”.
Debating the motion, the lead sponsor, Betty Apiaphy, expressed concern that those granted amnesty by the governor were persons who had been declared wanted by the Rivers State Security Council.
She stated that the accused persons are indigenes of Rivers State and wondered why a governor could purportedly grant amnesty to persons who are at present on the wanted list of the security council of a sister state.
The Rivers lawmaker argued that the alleged amnesty by the governor was done in bad faith and in close collaboration with some highly placed politicians.
According to her, “the alleged amnesty granted by Governor Okorocha in concert with some highly placed politicians to persons who have been declared wanted by security agencies was clearly in bad faith, unimaginable, preposterous and part of a wider plan to reintegrate and arm these criminal elements into the society ahead of the 2019 general election’’.
But while debating the motion, Nnana Igbokwe (APC, Imo), raised an order countering the motion. Igbokwe, who recently defected to the ruling party, from the opposition, PDP, challenged the motion on the grounds that it was questioning the powers of the governor to grant amnesty.
federal government.
According to his chief press secretary, Idowu Adelusi, Governor Fayose in the letter dated January 29, 2018, with reference number EK/GOV/28/93, urged the president to effect the change without further delay.
The letter read: “As Your Excellency is aware, the late General Robert Adeyinka Adebayo (military governor of defunct Western State and one time head of the Nigerian Army, died last year).
“Your Excellency was represented at his burial on May 20, 2017, by the then acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (GCON), at Iyin-Ekiti, his hometown.
“The acting president at the occasion announced the decision of the federal government to rename the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, as Adeyinka Adebayo University, in recognition of the exemplary leadership of the late hero and frontline statesman.
“However, more than seven months after this pronouncement, nothing has been done.

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