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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday sacked the coordinator of the Niger Delta Amnesty Program Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo over a sea of corruption allegations.
“Following numerous allegations and petitions surrounding the Presidential Amnesty Program, the National Security Adviser (NSA) set up a Caretaker Committee to look into the activities of the program, on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari
“Part of the Committee’s task is to ensure that allocated resources are properly utilized in consonance with government’s objective of alleviating problems in the Niger Delta region, and stamping out corruption in the Amnesty Program.
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“Consequently, the NSA recommended to Mr President that the Coordinator of the Amnesty Program, Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo be suspended, a recommendation that has been approved and which takes immediate effect.
“The President has also directed that the Caretaker Committee set up to review the program should oversee the running of the program henceforth, with a view to ensuring that government objectives are achieved,” Buhari’s spokesman Femi Adesina said in a statement received by TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC.
The Special Adviser to President Buhari on Niger Delta and the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Program(PAP) was alleged to have spent N1.6 billion in buying 400 wooden canoes at the cost of N4 million per canoe as empowerment for 400 hundred Niger Delta women.
“Curiously, however, at the empowerment ceremony, only 100 wooden canoes were presented,” a report said last year quoting credible sources.
“Sources have revealed that the level of looting and corruption at the Presidential Amnesty office is unprecedented, prompting calls from all quarters in the Niger Delta region for President Buhari to sack and prosecute Prof. Dokubo and his accomplices,” the damning report by Point Blank said.