Youths from Urhobo oil and gas producing communities in Delta state, have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Professor Charles Dokubo as Special Adviser on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme. In a statement issued by Mr. Godbless Urhukpeoghene, on behalf of the youths at a meeting on Wednesday at Ughelli, said no right thinking Ijaw man would protest against the appointment of Professor Charles Dokubo who is an Ijaw man from Rivers State, in Niger Delta. "Other tribes are not protesting against the appointment of Professor Dokubo, despite since the inception of presidential Amnesty Programme the Ijaws had been the Coordinator and SA on Niger Delta, therefore, the Ijaws should support Professor Dokubo, and also commend Pr
Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari has sacked his Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd), following wide allegations of fraud detriment to the programme. Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, confirmed the sack on Tuesday and said Buhari has also directed the National Security Adviser, General Babagana Monguno to probe the amnesty programme right from 2015 to date as earlier reported by BigPen Online. The President has however named a replacement for Boroh. He is Prof. Charles Quaker Dokubo. Dokubo who hails from River state is currently the Director of Research and Studies at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. He holds a PhD in Strategic Studies from the University of Bra...
The National Security Adviser, Mohammed Babagana Monguno is currently running an audit on the activities of the Presidential Amnesty Programme from the inception of the programme, BigPen Online can report. This is coming following alleged claims that hundreds of millions of naira was found in the bank accounts of some key management staff of the agency, who are also alleged to be returning money secretly to the anti graft agency. Media Consultant to the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Mr. Wabiye Idoniboyeobu, in a statement while dismissing allegations of fraud and misconduct, confirmed that the NSA has opened an audit probe on the programme as part of the Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring transparency in the activities of all its parastatals and agencies.
* Warn those 'sponsoring' calls for his removal Some former militant leaders of the Niger Delta Supreme Egbesu Fighters and the Niger Delta Region Scorpion Warriors have threatened to return to the trenches if Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Implementation Programme, Brig. Gen.Paul Boroh is sack following calls for his removal. The groups while dismissing as "sponsored" the recent calls by some groups in the region for the removal of Brig. Gen.Paul Boroh said that if those 'sponsoring' the attacks continue they would be left with no other option than to return to the trenches. The group of former militant leaders described those behind the campaign for the removal of Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh as disgruntled elements, sponsored militants; none existent youth groups a
The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), premier Niger Delta umbrella body of leaders, elders and stakeholders, has set up a 16 member bipartisan regional Presidential Amnesty Committee to interface with the Federal Government with the view to chant a way of strengthening the Amnesty programme. The committee is headed by His Excellency Air Cdre Nkanga with H.E Senator Prof Osunbor as co chairman. Some other members of the committee are Amb Godknows Igali, Prof G G. Darah, Chief Timi Alaibe, Rt. Hon Chibudom Nwuche, Col Tony Nyiam, HH Sara Igbe, Chief Don Etiebet, Mrs Nella Andem-Rabana SAN, Chief Mike Loyibo and Prince Maikpobi Okareme. Onetime Secretary General of Traditional Rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria (TROMPCON), Prince Maikpobi Okareme who is also a m...
Ex-militant leader and chairman, Amnesty Phase 11 in Delta State, Amb. (Chief) Kingsley Muturu has warned the Federal Government to shelved the reported plans to terminate the Presidential Amnesty Programme in 2018, saying that the consequences of such moves would be counter productive to the relative peace in the Niger Delta region. Muturu however says the federal government should relocate oil facilities from the Niger Delta before such a provocative move. The Chairman, Amnesty Phase 11 in Delta State, who explained ex-militants’ opposition to the planned termination, said “the ideal of peace and deserved development of the Niger Delta for which Late President Musa Umar Yar’Adua laudably offered and implemented the Amnesty programme remain far from being achieved” would be erod
Ex-Niger Delta agitators under the auspices of Phase 11 Amnesty beneficiaries have alleged that some Northerners have hijacked the Amnesty office from Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Amnesty Pogramme, Brig Gen Paul Boroh (redt). The group alleged that Boroh was just a ceremonial head of the programme which they claimed is now being tilted toward the Northern part of the country. In a statement issued in Warri, Delta state and made available to BigPen Online, "Ex-Generals" Lord Agbuke and Lucky Okete who signed on behalf of other leaders, expressed displeasure over the way the programme was being run under Boroh's watch. They claimed that name of original beneficiaries are being short change for people from the North who were not part of t...
Special Adviser on Niger Delta and head of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, retired Brigadier-General Paul Boroh has been reportedly fired. Presidential source revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered Boroh's sacked and immediate replacement. His international passport has been allegedly seized, the source added. The source alleged that his purported sack is hinged on lost of confidence to effectively manage the amnesty programme designed to keep militancy and agitations in the oil rich Niger Delta in check. Boroh, though still in office and had addressed protesters over the weekend, may leave soon, the source said. The source added, “A formal announcement would be made anytime from now.” Meanwhile, Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) President Eric Omare, has dismissed the pur
Second batch of Ex-militants who benefited from the Presidential Amnesty Programme of Delta State origin headed by its Chairman, Chief Kingsley Muturu have thrown their weight behind a join ticket of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and his deputy, Kingsley Otuaro. The Ex-militants said that a joint governorship ticket of Okowa/Otuaro in Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) come 2019 would scale through unchallenged. Speaking shortly after its emergency meeting held in Bomadi on Tuesday, chairman of the group, Muturu said the decision of the body was based on Okowa’s "SMART" agenda and well thoughts out mission of "prosperity for all Deltans" that is on course. Asked to point out development impact in Bomadi and other Ijaw areas by the Okowa administration to justify the support, Mu
Chairman Phase II of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in Delta State, Mr. Kingsley Muturu has said the programme may collapse soon under the watch of its Coordinator, Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd). This followed the alleged shielding of Boroh by close aides from useful information that could turn things around for the programme, the ex-militant leader said. Speaking to newsmen in Bomadi, Muturu lamented that himself and other leaders of Phase II of the Amnesty Programme, went to Abuja to see Gen Boroh only for them to be directed to see the Chief of Staff and other Security agencies. “Several months after that meeting, our expressed reservations on how the programme is being run have not been addressed nor are efforts made by Gen. Boroh to reach out to the people with explanations”,