A Niger Delta group, the Concerned Niger Deltans for Sustainable Development (CNDSD), has commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Babagana Muhammed Monguno (rtd.) for the ordered probe into the allegation of fraud and complicity of the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
The group declared that the Federal Government decision to probe the looting the N60Billion Boro Town training facility in Bayelsa state and uncover those behind the cover-up of non-existent fake supply contracts worth over N13Billion was taken in good faith.
The Niger Delta group, in a statement issued via email and signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade James Ayibatekena, stated that though there were series of led multiple peaceful protest across the Niger Delta region seeking the removal of Prof. Dokubo from office, the decision of President Buhari to probe Prof. Dokubo should be supported by the people of the region.
Ayibatekena appealed to Niger Deltans to see the suspension of Prof. Dokubo as a welcome development, as his suspension will create a more conducive atmosphere for a thorough investigation into the alleged Multi-Billion-Naira fraud and corruption.
He called on Niger Deltans to remain calm, stating that the National Security Adviser Maj. Gen. Babagana Muhammed Monguno (rtd.) has good intentions for the Amnesty Programme and wants Ex-Agitators at the grass-root to benefit from the programme.
On the setting up of the Interim Caretaker Committee led by Amb. A. A. Lawal, which was constituted to carryout thorough investigations into the multi-billion-naira supply contracts fraud allegedly perpetrated by Prof. Dokubo and to protect the integrity of the investigation without fear or favor, the group urged Ex Agitators not to pay attention to the calls from a few individuals for protests and pipelines vandalization.
The group described the constituted Interim Caretaker Committee led by Amb. A. A. Lawal as a welcomed development, stating that Amb. A. A. Lawal is a great patriot who understands the massive investigative tasks ahead, “we assure the people of the region that following the conclusion of their investigations, a substantive Amnesty Committee will be constituted which he believes will be led an Ijaw person and patriot”.
Mr. James Ayibatekena called on the progressive minded people of the region to dismissed the claims by some anti-Niger Delta elements that the Federal Government is attempting to appoint a Northerner as head of Amnesty office, “let me remind the good people of the Niger Delta region that while Prof. Dokubo was allegedly orchestrating the greatest fraud and abomination in Ijaw-Land by looting the N60Billion Boro Town training facility in Bayelsa state, many of those so-called leaders were silent and they never spoke out against Prof. Dokubo’s alleged fraudulent activities against the Ijaw Nation”.