Following the protest by phase 2 presidential amnesty program beneficiaries in Bayelsa state who alleged recently that they have not been paid their stipend of sixty-five thousand naira in the last year had been told to come out clean rather than accusing the amnesty office falsely.
Ex-militant leader and president of Urhobo Youth Council, Abuja chapter Gen. Peter Aghogho spoke on the issue, adding that it was an attempt by some of the leaders to shortchange those on their list that brought about their problems, stressing that the amnesty office was not owing ex-agitators with genuine records.
“The amnesty office is not owing. Rather leaders of ex-agitators who tried to be smart by changing names on their lists and thinking the new names can be paid with the Bank verification numbers of the old names already in the database they dropped are the ones having problems. They want to cheat their original boys. But the transparent system has made it difficult for them. So they should come out clean instead of accusing the amnesty office wrongly “.
Aghogho had asked the phase 2 Chairman of the amnesty program, Gen John Esuku who said they were being owed, to stop every attempt to corrupt the program with ghost names.
”A situation where a particular BVN will be identified or traced to a different account name is pathetic and incredible. Col. Dikio Milland is a man who is upright and straight forward, his administration has detected those fraudulent acts by some unscrupulous elements who are bent on tarnishing the reputation of the program.
“The Presidential Amnesty Boss Col. Milland Dikio has always paid those who are entitled to the stipends without delay. Gen. Esuku should desist from this deceitful act to keep sanity in the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
” I urge members of the public not to be misled by this group of persons led by Gen. Esuku, they should be satisfied with what they are entitled to, and perpetuating the evil act against the Presidential Amnesty Boss will fail.”
The ex-militant leader also appealed to the federal government to extend the tenure of the interim Administrator of the presidential amnesty program, Col Dikkio Milland rtd, adding that the government should also confirm him as substantive head of the office.