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Buhari approves suspension of amnesty programme coordinator

- Buhari has approved the suspension of Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo

- Dokubo was the coordinator of the amnesty programme

- He was suspended based on the recommendation of the committee set up to look into the activities of the programme during his tenure

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of amnesty programme coordinator, Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity.

The presidential spokesman in the statement noted that the president took the decision based on the recommendation caretaker committee set up to look into the activities of the programme.

The statement read in full:

"Following numerous allegations and petitions surrounding the Presidential Amnesty Programme, the National Security Adviser (NSA) set up a caretaker committee to look into the activities of the programme, on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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"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 Programme.

"Consequently, the NSA recommended to Mr President that the Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, 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 programme should oversee the running of the programme henceforth, with a view to ensuring that government objectives are achieved," the statement added.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Niger Delta Transparency and Accountability Movement called for the probe of the presidential amnesty programme.

The group's call was contained in a petition it wrote to the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) recently.

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The Rivers state-based group in the petition signed by Tamuonemi Jack, alleged ongoing financial impropriety in the administration of the programme.

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