By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has offered a new olive branch to violent youth in Etim and Ukanafun local government areas of the state to sheath their swords and accept the government’s amnesty.
He made this plea on Saturday at Etim Ekpo Local Government headquarters during the distribution of relief materials to displaced indigenes of these two council areas due to the activities of the youth.
It would be recalled that Governor Emmanuel who had sometimes ago called on the perpetrators of this heinous crime to surrender their arms but to no avail, again reiterated the state government determination to rehabilitate for a gainful life.
The Governor regretted what he described as ‘senseless’ killing of innocent citizens in the area by the youth.
He said government is always saddened once stories flittered in that innocent persons from these areas or security agents are either kidnapped or killed when they are there to maintain peace and provided the needed protection.
Since 2017 the two council areas have been bedeviled with the problem of insecurity which has resulted into incessant kidnapping and killing of innocent person, a situation which has also led to people fleeing their homes to neighbouring council areas.