To integrate repentant militants into the society, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has inaugurated the Amnesty Committee headed by his wife, Nkechi, to undertake the task.
Until they laid down their arms, the militants were terrorising the oil producing areas of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta Local Government Areas.
Other members of the committee are the Transition Committee Chairmen of the oil-producing local government areas of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta, the House of Assembly members from the two state constituencies, the Managing Director of Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC) and the Special Assistant to the Governor on Niger Delta, Kingsley Uju.
In the terms of reference to the committee, the governor charged them to come up with programmes and ideas that would ensure the sustenance of the peace recently restored in the oil producing areas of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta following the positive response of the militants.
The governor equally asked the committee to address all the issues that were raised by the repented militants.
He recalled that the disturbances by the militants were provoked by the oil companies operating in the areas.
Part of the terms of reference would also be to define what should be the role of the oil companies in the areas and to make them stop igniting crises in the areas.
Okorocha, who disclosed this through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, noted that it was discovered from the testimonies of the repentant militants that some of the traditional rulers from the areas were also culpable, considering their roles in the crisis that enveloped the oil producing areas, especially for their own selfish reasons.
The governor cancelled all the memorandum of understanding (MoU) the communities or traditional rulers must have entered into with the oil companies while directing that the government must be aware of any of such MoU henceforth.
The committee is also mandated to write to the oil companies not to deal with the communities or traditional rulers again without the approval of the state government with the committee also directed to meet with all the relevant bodies and persons.
The governor further directed the members to work towards ensuring that the names of the militants who surrendered their weapons and embraced peace are removed from any record or list of militants, organise medical tours in the oil-producing areas and ensure special employment of 1,000 Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta youths into the state civil service.