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Amnesty Office suspends 6 officials

27 September 2012, 07:17

Abuja - The Presidential Amnesty Office (PAO) says it has suspended six of its officials over allegations of fraudulent dealings in the documentation of phase two beneficiaries of the amnesty programme.

This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by Mr Daniel Alabrah, the Head of Information and Communications of the office and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria.

The statement said the suspended officials were in the Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Unit of the office.
"The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman of PAO, Mr Kingsley Kuku, gave the directive on Sept. 26, following confessional statements by one Aso Tambo and some other phase two leaders of the former militants.

"The affected officials are Marshal Konoun, Kennedy West, Peter Ajube, Beggi Erepade, Okuba Wenikefe and Tony Amende," it stated.

The statement said the office and security agencies had commenced investigation into the allegations.

The office expressed hope that the investigation would reveal officials who conspired with Tambo and others to doctor allotted slots and the account details of beneficiaries.

The statement recalled that no fewer than 57 of the former agitators were detained by security agencies in Abuja, following incessant harassment and intimidation of officials of the Amnesty Office, including Kuku.

"At a meeting with officials of the office in Abuja, the leaders of the ex-agitators demanded that the Transition Safety Allowance proposed for 6,166 persons enrolled in the second phase of the amnesty programme be paid directly to them.

"They threatened to disrupt social and economic activities in sensitive governmental places in Abuja if the money was not immediately paid directly to them.

"The money is to be paid to all the enrolled persons as enshrined in the 2012 budget," it said.



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