Warri based lawyer, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi, Esq on Friday February 9 called on the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, to rescind his decision of granting Amnesty to wanted Don Waney’s men for the overall interests of Imo State.
The legal practitioner made the call in a statement signed and made available to DAILY POST.
He stated that Governor Okorocha should also ensure that the men are arrested and prosecuted for the alleged violent crimes committed by the gang for which they have been declared wanted by security agencies since the alleged crimes are not political in nature, but are crimes against humanity.
“It is public knowledge that Don Waney’s men are wanted by our security agencies for violent crimes ranging from murder, rape, armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful possession of fire arms and in particular the January 1st Don Waney’s killings in Omoku community in Rivers State which claimed several lives with scores injured.”
Ikimi also condemned the decision by Governor Okorocha to grant the men amnesty just as he described same as a reckless abuse of Executive powers since it was taken without recourse to public interest, welfare and safety of people of Imo State, whom the governor swore to protect.
He stressed that granting Amnesty to Don. Waney’s men is an unpopular decision by the governor to arrive at.
According to Ikimi,” The decision by Governor Okorocha to grant amnesty to Don Waney’s Men is informed by selfish political reasons ahead of the 2019 General Elections in the State rather than the overriding public interest, welfare and safety of Imolites.”
Ikimi pointed out that Governor Rochas Okorocha is only encouraging the youths to engage in violent crimes.
He noted that it is the responsibilities of a serving State Governor of the Federal Republic of Nigeria whose primary responsibility is to ensure the security and welfare of her citizens under Section 14 (2) (b) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).