Alleged Fraud In The Amnesty Office – Ex-Agitators React

The Ex-Agitators under the Presidential Amnesty Programme, (PAP), phase 2 beneficiaries, has vowed not to be discouraged by arrest of its members until the alleged monumental fraud in the Amnesty office is exposed.

The newly elected leadership of the Phase 2 beneficiaries was inaugurated barely three weeks, earlier hinted that they will not rest until there’s a reorganization of the policies and programme to benefit the real beneficiaries and fulfill the essence of its existence.

The Publicity Secretary, Passman Akpos, said “The newly elected National Chairman, PAP phase 2, Gen. John Esuku, has been arrested by the directive of the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme,PAP, Maj.Gen. Barry Tariye Ndiomu(retd).

“The leadership of the Phase 2, is barely few weeks into its tenure, we and we will ensure that things are done rightly according to the dream of the initiators of the programme, which caused the arrest of our Chairman, John Esuku, who was arrested by well armed police men, in his hotel room in De- suit hotel, APO Abuja, i was in same hotel with him, just stepped out, only to come back and was told that, policemen from Amnesty office just arrested the National Chairman”, he disclosed.

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“He asked questions to know why he was arrested and where they was taken him to, instead, they beat him up in response. We know where the arrest is from, because
the National Chairman, Phase II, John Esuku and the National Exco dragged the Amnesty Boss Maj. Gen. Barry Tariye Ndiomu, to the National House of Representatives on the allege fraud committed against the Ex-agitators by the Amnesty Office”, he added.

Also speaking, they wanted to distract our plans by arresting us, but, we have incriminicating evidence against the leadership of the Amnesty Office, that is why there are doing everything to silence our voices in order to prevent them from going to the house of Representative.

He said, Ndiomu had arrested the National vice Chairman of Phase II, Self-style Gen Julius BELEMU, using tactical means, and now he has proceeded to arrest the National Chairman of Phase II, all is to intimidate and silence the voice of the Ex-agitators, in order to enable Ndiomu for further looting and exploitation of the Amnesty Office in the detriment of the Ex-agitators whom the programme was created for.

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“We urge the President of the federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu and IJaw leaders to call Ndiomu to order or better still sack him before things get out of hand. also asking for immediate release of the National Chairman John Esuku that there is no going back until the glory of the Ex-agitators is rekindled ones again”, he said.

The state Chairman Phase 2, Gen. Paul Johnson, and his Delta State counterpart, Solomon Adu condemned the arrest and also calls for his immediate release of the National Chairman, John Esuku.

Th Special Adviser to the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme,PAP, Friston Akpo, said the issue of allege fraud is something people keep saying without proof, adding that there is no fraud allegations in the office. Interim administrator runs the office openly and every activity is in the public domain, there is transparency in everything we do.

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He denied knowing anything about the arrest, and the office is so busy in ensuring all direct beneficiaries of the programme gets whatever is due them. We are not aware of any arrest, we are not part of it and we don’t intend to be one either.

By Owunna Goodness, Bayelsa