Aggrieved Ex-militant leaders under the first phase presidential amnesty scheme have sent a protest letter to President Muhammadu Buhari seeking the sack of the Presidential Amnesty boss, Professor Charles Dokubo over alleged incompetence and fraudulent diversion of funds meant for the training, empowerment and welfare of beneficiaries.
According to the first phase amnesty group, their patience over the alleged series of misconduct by the amnesty coordinator can no longer be condone and they are demanding that a replacement be made with someone with the indepth knowledge of the problems of the region and the demands of the ex-militants.
The first phase amnesty group, in the letter to President Buhari, signed by the National Public Relations Officer, Comrade Godsgift Ayabowe, said the rising tension and anger among Ex-militant leaders from the nine states of the Niger Delta may result into wanton crash of the peace programme sustained in the last few years.
According to the group, though the accused amnesty coordinator is in the habit of paying some fictitious groups and criminal elements to declare support for his failed activities, the first phase amnesty group is demanding that enough is enough of the wanton fraud being perpetuated in the amnesty office.
‘We are tired of the huge fraud that has threatened the peace we fought for in the Niger Delta. If Dokubo is not sacked, the issue of rising production of crude oil may be a thing of the past. Dokubo does not know how to handle the security office which the amnesty office is meant to be.
“It is even more shameful to the people of the Niger Delta that Dokubo has reduced the amnesty office and the budgeted funds to ridicule with women fighting over Ex-militant welfare fund. Dokubo should be reassigned to the university environment and not the amnesty office. He does not understand what the amnesty office is meant to do. We are angry and our boys may go out of control.
*Why can’t Dokubo emulate the zero tolerance to corruption style of President Buhari? Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh who, despite understanding the security aspect of the amnesty office, was sacked due to alleged corruption, who is Dokubo that cannot be sacked?
“Instead of performance, he is busy using amnesty resources to sponsor media campaigns against the minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, and High Chief Government Ekpemupolo also known as Tompolo.
“Dokubo is a disgrace to the Niger Delta people and we want him sacked and be replaced by someone who was involved in the Niger Delta struggle and understands the problems of the youths of the region.”
The group also revealed that some of their members who served on the Investigative Panel set up by Professor Charles Dokubo to look into the massive looting at the Amnesty Vocational Centre in Kaiama, Bayelsa state were dissolved when discoveries indicted him over alleged involvement in the criminal act.
“The activities of the Amnesty office under Charles Dokubo is rubbishing the achievement recorded by the President Buhari administration in the Niger Delta,” the group added.