Buhari Suspends Amnesty Programme Coordinator

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Following numerous allegations and petitions surrounding the Presidential Amnesty Programme, President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended its Coordinator, Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo.

The National Security Adviser (NSA) , Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd) set up a Caretaker Committee to look into the activities of the programme, on the directive of President Buhari.

Part of the Committee’s task was 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 Programme.

“Consequently, the NSA recommended to Mr President that the Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, be suspended, a recommendation that has been approved and which takes immediate effect,” a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, read in part.

The President also directed that “the Caretaker Committee set up to review the programme should oversee the running of the programme henceforth, with a view to ensuring that government objectives are achieved.”