ABOUT 207 aggrieved youths in Akwa Ibom have been pardoned for renouncing acts of cultism and violence in the state.
The State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, gave the announcement during a first reconciliation meeting with leaders and representatives of the youth groups held recently at Ikot Akpa Nkuk, headquarters of Ukanafun Local Government Area.
Emmanuel said, that the meeting was arranged in keeping with the administration promises to grant amnesty and appropriate safety to the youths for adhering to the clarion call of laying down their arms, explaining that another round of meeting would be arranged for the youths for in-depth discussion and modalities of the reconciliation and rehabilitation.
The governor stated that apart from the forgiveness of the human beings as part of the state government role in the rehabilitation, the youths have an onus task of taking their pleas in prayers for divine pardon and clemency, adding that the state government has opened up its doors to rub minds with the youths and their leaders at any given moment.
Emmanuel announced that the remaining sets of youths who are still in hiding, especially their leader particularly known as “the overcomer” has been given up to Thursday next week to surrender the weapon of destruction.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Samuel Adeyemi Ogunyemilusi said the youths have voluntarily surrendered their arms to the security agencies with the assurances of helping to bring permanent peace in Ukanafun communities, adding that youths are yearning for capacity building from interactions with their leaders and representing.