Alleged FBI Investigation:
‘Corruption charges against Amnesty boss, a disgrace to Niger Delta’—–Kpodoh
…plan one million man march against corrupt officials
Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, a former Security Adviser to Bayelsa state government, has described as a a disgrace to Niger Delta region the alleged investigation of the coordinator of the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Charles Dokubo, in the United States by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for money laundering, racketeering and fraud.
According to Chief Kpodoh, though the charges against Professor Dokubo have not been proven or denied, the series of of alleged wrong doings and claims of fraud in the presidential amnesty office is shameful and should be properly investigated by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Chief Kpodoh, who is also a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), said it is shocking that indigenes of the Niger Delta region appointed to manage the intervention agencies of the Niger Delta region including the Presidential Amnesty office and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) are involved in such cases as alleged fraud and mismanagement.
According to Kpodoh: “It is a thing of disgrace if we cannot have professors from the region to manage intervention agencies without controversy and alleged cases of fraud. Are our professors the professors of fraud and corruption? Now it is Professor Dokubo. Before it was Professor Branbaifa of the NDDC.’
‘Why can’t these learned fellows emulate the zero corruption style of President Buhari? One was recently sacked for alleged corruption and mismanagement of funds, another is being investigated. While we are talking about youths agitation, these elderly educated men are alleged to be giving wrong example on governance.
“I have always believed that when you put a poor man in charge of the kitchen, they will finish the food. This is becoming applicable to these Niger Delta men. It also comes to memory that someone who claimed not to have sandal for schooling was made the President, the treasury was looted. These are poor signs and representation of the Niger Delta.’
Kpodoh called on President Muhammadu Bihari to order a detailed investigation into the charges brought against the Presidential Amnesty office and the NDDC, saying: “anybody found wanting should be dealt with in line with the anti-corruption policy of the President. There should be no case of god fatherism. No one found wanting should be exonerated.
“Some contractors and scholarship vendors applied to train amnesty beneficiaries abroad but never got the approval after passing the tender bid. The stranded beneficiaries and students are daily becoming agitated. And the billions of naira needed were approved. This was how Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh conducted the affairs of the amnesty office and got exposed and sacked.’
Chief Kpodoh, however, threatened to mobilize the youths, elders and women of the Niger Delta region on a one million man march against corrupt officials from the region that have continued to thwart the efforts of the federal government towards the development and empowerment of the region.
“We are planning a one million man march against these corrupt officials to prevail on the president to order the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to investigate and arraign these corrupt Niger Delta officials before a competent court of law. We have done it before and it unraveled the desired corrupt charges against some within the NDDC.’