Amnesty Office Recalls Suspended Officials

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Six officials of the Presidential Amnesty Office in Abuja, who were suspended last month over allegations of mismanagement of data and financial impropriety in the Phase Two of the amnesty programme, have been recalled.

This directive was given by the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Hon. Kingsley Kuku, following the submission of the report of a seven-man investigation panel.

The panel, which was headed by Mr Lawrence Pepple and had security personnel as members, recommended various sanctions for indicted officials, including forfeiture of two months’ pay as well as refund of monies not properly accounted for.

It however exonerated Mr Peter Ajube and Mr Kennedy West, noting that they “were not members of the Accounts/Data Verification Committee (that carried out the data verification of the Phase Two amnesty beneficiaries) and were not indicted by any of the persons who testified before the panel.”

While receiving the report in his office, the PAP chairman thanked the panel for properly handling the assignment even at short notice.

He however said the office will no longer recognize Mr Sylvester A. Tambo (also known as Aso Tambo) as leader of the Phase Two amnesty beneficiaries and that henceforth it will only recognize and deal with the different state coordinators of the programme.


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