OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate allegations of corruption in the Presidential Amnesty Programme for Niger delta ex-militants.
The House resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate alleged carting away of equipment allegedly at the behest of the Special Adviser to the President on Amnesty, Prof Charles Dokubo.
The resolution followed a motion moved on Wednesday by Tajudeen Obasa (PDP, Lagos), entitled: Urgent need to Investigate the fraudulent activities in the Presidential Amnesty Programme:
According to Obasa, “that since the proclamation of the Amnesty Programme, the Federal Government has spent a lot of resources in training many youths of the area both locally and internationally; and recently, the Federal Government paid the sum N8.5 Billion into the Presidential Amnesty Programme’s TSA Account for the execution of this lofty idea;
“Concerned by Media reports and outcry of massive looting at the Kaiama Amnesty Centre between 14 and 16 February, 2019, where security agents, the coordinator of the Centre and unknown persons were alleged to have carted away equipment worth billions of Naira in the Starter Pack Warehouse allegedly to the Knowledge of the Special Adviser on Amnesty to the President;
“Also concerned about media reports of massive corruption and outright embezzlement of funds meant for the execution of the Programme’s objectives, hence it has become imperative to investigate these allegations for the good of the Niger Delta people and the Nation at large.”
The yet to be constituted committee is to report back within two weeks for further Legislative action.