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Buhari suspends Charles Dokubo as Chairman Amnesty Programme

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, suspended the coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Professor Charles Dokubo.

Buhari also ordered that a Caretaker Committee be set up to review the programme and take over its running henceforth.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

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The statement said the suspension, which was recommended by the Caretaker Committee, which was set up by the National Security Adviser (NSA), takes immediate effect.

The committee was set up in response to the several allegations and petitions from groups and stakeholders against Dokubo.

“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,” the statement added.

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

“Consequently, the NSA recommended 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.

“The President has also directed that the Caretaker Committee set up to review the programme should oversee the running of the programme henceforth, with a view to ensuring that government objectives are achieved”, the statement said.

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