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Breaking: Buhari Suspends Coordinator of Presidential Amnesty Programme

President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, the Presidency discloses on Friday evening.

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina said that the decision was based on the recommendation by the National Security Adviser.

President Muhammdu Buhari
President Muhammdu Buhari

The decision is “following numerous allegations and petitions surrounding the Presidential Amnesty Programme, the National Security Adviser (NSA) set up a Caretaker Committee to look into the activities of the programme, on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Part of the Committee’s task is to ensure that allocated resources are properly utilized in consonance with the government’s objective of alleviating problems in the Niger Delta region and stamping out corruption in the Amnesty Programme.

“Consequently, the NSA recommend 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.”

Mr President has directed a Caretaker Committee to be set up to review and run the program effectively.

The program was launched on Thursday, July 11, 2009, for Niger Delta militant who had taken part in an armed struggle for a better deal in the rich oil state under the late Umaru Yar’Adua’s administration.

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