– A former security adviser to the government of Bayelsa state, Perekeme Kpodoh, wants a probe of the amnesty office under Paul Boroh
– Kpodoh commends President Muhammadu Buhari for sacking Boroh
– He alleges that the amnesty office stinks because of an alleged massive corruption that took over its management
A former security adviser to the government of Bayelsa state, Perekeme Kpodoh, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the sack of the chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Committee (PAC), Brig-Gen Paul Boroh (rtd) saying the removal would promote peace in the Niger Delta and the ongoing anti-corruption war.
Kpodoh said Boroh’s removal from office remains the an answer to prayers by many indigenes concerned about the poor performance of the amnesty office and the rising threats to peace in the region.
The Niger Deltan chief, said the decision to sack Boroh would redeem the image of the president’s anti-corruption campaign in the face of earlier calls by elders from the region that he should be fired.
”We are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the amnesty office under Brig Gen Paul Boroh because it stinks.
“Despite his affirmed incompetence, Boroh and his cohorts have plundered the amnesty funds with inflation of number of beneficiaries, diversion of funds and tampered contract payment.
“This is also what is going on with monies meant for amnesty being used to sponsor protest against his sack.
“The criminal trail left behind by the former amnesty boss is being taken over under the present leadership. After disgraceful spending of amnesty money, we are shocked that Brig Gen Paul Boroh is desperately seeking to retain his office.
“President Buhari should, as a matter of policy, investigate how the last budgetary allocation was spent. How can the last allocation be expended without additional provision for inclusion of new beneficiaries?
“The presidency should as a matter of urgency invite the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to investigate petitions against the office. The amnesty office has become a conduit pipe for the various chairmen appointed under former President Goodluck Jonathan, and now President Muhammadu Buhari. The investigation will end the embarrassing cases of militancy in the region.
“When the issues of renewed militancy started, the incompetence of the amnesty Boss was revealed but instead of gathering genuine stakeholders to assist the present administration, he was busy organising seminars and non-challant meeting with little funds.”
Kpodoh urged the new chairman of the office, Prof Charles Dokubo, to assist the investigative panel set by the president and ensure that he implements the programme for peace in the Niger Delta region.
“The appointed chairman should be upright because the programme affects the youths. He should stop the payment of fictitious names by the Boroh committee,” he said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that
Perekeme Kpodoh recently accused some governors and politicians in the party of working against the second tenure of President Muhammad Buhari.
Kpodoh said this while noting a reluctance to allow the reconciliation committee of the APC led by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to resolve crises within the party.