Barely a week after a group of purported beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme under the aegis of Niger Delta Ex-agitators Forum (NDEF) petitioned the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, over sundry issues, an interesting twist is unfolding, as some of those listed as victims of the alleged fraud have disowned the petition.
Specifically, Warri-based law firm had on behalf of some unidentified persons acting under the aegis of NDEF petitioned the National Assembly, alleging refusal of the Amnesty Office to pay monthly stipends and diversion of funds meant for training and empowerment of ex-agitators. The petitioners had attached a list of 61 persons said to be victims of the alleged fraud.
On receipt of the petition, a copy of which was addressed to the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, he promptly directed an investigation into the allegations. Read more