Office of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) says the organisation was set up with the clear mandate to cater for the welfare of ex-agitators and not to make some contractors presenting bills running into humongous amounts for jobs of doubtful execution.
The office was reacting to news making round the social media on alleged mismanagement of fund describing it as false and handiwork of mischief makers.
A statement by the Special Adviser on Media in the Presidential Amnesty Office, Freston Akpor, says the monies mentioned were clearly a figment of the imagination of the newsmaker, who intended to use the media to achieve malicious ends for reason only known to them.
Part of the PAP statement reads: “the attention of the Presidential Amnesty Programme has been drawn to a press conference held by one Friday Iko urging anti graft and related agencies to investigate the PAP over alleged corruption and imputing fraud in the disbursement of funds to the PAP cooperative”.
The statement says “The allegations are not only false but also baseless and a calculated attempt to commence another round of a smear campaign against the interim administrator Barry Ndiomu and his dedicated management team by forces from within and outside the office”.
The PAP has conducted a background check on the purported newsmaker and has found no person of note with that name or identity.
” The media is therefore advised to be circumspect in allowing personalities bearing pseudonyms to use their platforms to broadcast or publish such mischief as they (media houses) could be in the crosshair of possible litigations”
In a related development the Convener Niger Delta Integrity Group (NDIG) Dr Boma Horsfall in a statement says the claims by one Mr’ Friday Iko urging anti-graft agencies to investigate the PAP over alleged fraud is baseless and misleading.
According to him the PAP program has been well managed and transparent with beneficiaries being carried along in all program rolled out by the interim administrator Retired General Barry Ndiomu.
He urged media to desregard the
misleading statement issued by one Mr’ Friday Iko, stating that it is a criminal conspiracy by some PAP beneficiaries who were delisted because of stipends payment BVN fraud.
Julian Osamoto, Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Elizabeth David
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