President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (Rtd) from his position as coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme for former Niger Delta militants.
The new development was contained in a statement by Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity on Tuesday, March 13.
The president announced Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo as the new co-ordinator of the programme. He also ordered the National Security Adviser to carry out a full investigation into the financial engagement of the programme since 2015.
Read the statement below:
"President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo as the new Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme for former Niger Delta militants. He replaces Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (Rtd).
Prof Dokubo is currently Director of Research and Studies at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. He holds a PhD in Strategic Studies from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom, and hails from Abonema, Akuku-Toru Local Government of Rivers State.
Meanwhile, the president directs the National Security Adviser (NSA) to carry out a full investigation into the activities of the Amnesty Programme from 2015 to date, especially allegations of financial impropriety and other acts that are allegedly detrimental to the objectives of the Presidential Amnesty Programme."
It will be recalled that a Niger Delta group asked President Buhari to order Boroh to step aside or a mass action will be carried out against the office.
The group, Niger Delta Emancipation (NDE) in collaboration with Northern Youth Council (NYC) on Friday, February 16, said Boroh should be given 14 days to step aside as the coordinator of the programme.
In a statement signed by Sani Sa’idu Jimetta, the president of the NYC and Jude Tamuno, the coordinator of the NDE, the group jointly said that Boroh should be suspended pending investigation on allegations of names replaced in the programme.
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