President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty programme in Niger Delta, Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo.
The suspension of Professor Dokubo, according to a statement by the special adviser to the President on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, came as a result of “numerous allegations and petitions.”
Adesina said that the President had to mandate the National Security Adviser (NSA) to set up a Caretaker Committee to look into the activities of the programme.
“Part of the Committee’s task is to ensure that allocated resources are properly utilized in consonance with government’s objective of alleviating problems in the Niger Delta region, and stamping out corruption in the Amnesty Programme.
“Consequently, the NSA recommended to Mr President that the Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo be suspended, a recommendation that has been approved and which takes immediate effect.
“The President has also directed that the Caretaker Committee set up to review the programme should oversee the running of the programme henceforth, with a view to ensuring that government objectives are achieved.”