Ambode offers amnesty ‎to cultists, criminals in Lagos

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Tuesday announced the readiness of his government to offer amnesty to cultists willing to renounce their membership of cult groups and turn over a new leaf.

Mr. Ambode, who stated this in Ikorodu at the ongoing One Lagos Fiesta, said his administration has perfected plans to use 2017 to rehabilitate all those involved in one form of criminality or the other and are ready to be law abiding, with the view to making them live normal lives and contribute meaningfully to the society.

While noting with concern the rising spate of cultism and other crimes especially in the Ikorodu axis, the governor said though the government has capacity to deal with such crimes, amnesty is being offered to encourage those willing to turn away from their old ways and embrace new lives.

“In the last few months, we have been having a lot of challenges with cultism in Ikorodu area and a lot of issues that relate to kidnapping,” Mr. Ambode said. 

“So, we are going to strike a deal tonight, we are going to say no to cultism and then we are going to encourage all of you. Anybody who is a cult member, we are going to offer you amnesty. I want to use the whole of 2017 to rehabilitate all those who have been doing bad things; we are going to provide money and we are going to provide jobs.

“We are going to encourage ourselves; wherever you find somebody that is not doing anything well, you can either tell the monarch here or come to us, we will give you protection; we offer you money and then we are going to offer you automatic jobs. So, we all agree to say no to domestic violence, kidnapping, rape and no to cultism. Once you sign on, we would offer you anything that you want,” Mr. Ambode said.

The governor also stressed the importance of education and hard work to the youth, and urged them to strive very hard to be educated, and thereafter pursue their dreams.

While referring to an entertainer, Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz, who is a lawyer, the governor said it was highly essential for the young ones to be educated before thinking of other things in life.

“What I brought to you tonight is to let you know that education is very important. You can be who you want to be. If I was not a governor, I would be an accountant; if I was not an accountant, maybe I would have been an entertainer because I love music, I love arts, I love entertainment and that is why I want to encourage all of you, firstly, we must all be educated and then you can now use you creative talents to be who you want to be,” he said.

Addressing the mammoth crowd who came out in droves for the fiesta including monarchs, members of the State Executive Council, among others, Mr. Ambode also urged parents to talk to their children on the need to shun all forms of crime and violence, assuring that the state government would continue to put strategies and policies in place to give greater opportunities to the youth.


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  • Eko ti baje!

    Premium Times Editor,

    If Akin Ambode will not be a one-term governor……

    Akin Ambode risks falling into irrelevance for lacking in intellectual depth.
    His cabinet was almost wholly dictated to him by Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
    His commissioners so far prove wholly useless, despite his sacking three of
    them for stealing few months ago. Akin Ambode needs sound intellectuals
    for his administration’s solid image. His predecessor, RAJI FASHOLA, was so
    clueless in public administration that the false applause he bought with gifts
    and bribes suddenly dis-appeared on the very day he handed over power.

    That is enough lesson for Akin Ambode whose own administration is utterly void;
    and without shape or form. Those Akin Ambode appointed to run parastatals are
    drunken misfits who see government office as a mine to be explored for personal
    gains and profits. None of those appointees can withstand rigorous interrogation
    in a press interview. A wholesale dissolution of the Akin Ambode government for
    reconstitution with thinking heads is the only way to save Akin Ambode himself
    from ending up in total irrelevance as a one-term governor.

    • Tee Savage

      MR. AKIN AMBODE HAS NOT MADE ANY IMPACT ON THE MESS RAJI FASHOLA LEFT BEHIND.

      LAGOSIANS ARE BEGINNING TO THINK THAT AKIN AMBODE DOES NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO.

      EXTREME VIOLENCE, ROBBERY, RAPE, POVERTY, DIRT AND SQUALOR TAKE OVER LAGOS.

      • R.Ess. Kay

        You people
        are not serious. Look at the facts. Raji Fashola said he incurred debts
        and he left 535 billion Naira behind as debt, including $15 billion in foreign
        debt. Naira was exchanging at one dollar to 160 Naira then, but today Naira
        is 480 to one dollar on the streets, and even if we use official exchange rate,
        it is 307 Naira to one dollar.

        So you can see how
        Raji Fashola totally destroyed Lagos state, because every one Naira increase
        in the exchange rate of a dollar adds 1.5 billion Naira to the debt of Lagos state
        So, how many billions do you think was added to Lagos state debts when Naira
        depreciated to 307 to one dollar, from 160 to one dollar? How can Governor Ambode
        ever perform with that horrendous debt burden, tell me!

        • Mskate

          @Resskay,

          So, DEBT BURDEN IS REASON AKIN AMBODE APPOINTED MORONS AS COMMISSIONERS?

          So, DEBT BURDEN IS REASON AKIN AMBODE APPOINTED dullards AS Lagos AGENCY HEADS?