Sometimes the things that happen in Nigeria are truly amazing.

Suspected members of Don Wanny’s gang that allegedly killed over 20 persons on their way home after New Year’s Eve celebration in Rivers State have received amnesty in Imo State. 

Governor Rochas Okorocha allegedly granted them amnesty even when they were still wanted.

The Rivers State government has expressed shock over this development, but it appears criminals in Imo State and Rivers State have a link.

This link was obvious in the statements of the Commissioner for information in Rivers State, Emmanuel Okah, when he spoke with Bounce News on Thursday.


He said a notorious criminal in Imo State, Vampire was killed in Rivers State in his hideout. He had fled to Imo State after he was declared wanted in Rivers. 

But a link that is supposed to exist between the two states in the fight against crime seems to have turned sour and Rivers State government is not happy.

This amnesty they received, however, has not changed their 'wanted status' in Rivers State, as Mr Okah insists.

"Those who are wanted will remain wanted. 

“We got angry when Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, granted amnesty to some of the people that were declared wanted in Rivers State.

“Is it not the same police people who took these same people to Imo State to give amnesty? Is it not the police that are supposed to arrest them in Rivers State here?” the commissioner questioned.

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Governor Okorocha's decision to grant these wanted criminals amnesty has been criticised by some other Nigerians.  

That decision had received condemnation from leaders of Awara Court Area, comprising Awara, Asaa and Obile communities in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.