Threat To Oil Facilities: Ijaw Group Rejects Coordinator Of Presidential Amnesty Programme

…Asks Buhari to replace Dokubo, describes his appointment as huge mistake

Benjamin Omoike

The  Conveners of the Ijaw Unity Rally And Peace, IURP, have warned the Special Adviser to the President and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, Prof. Charles Dokubo, against threatening the  Federal Government with renewed wave of violence in the oil-rich Niger Delta Region, if not reappointed. 

The Coordinator of IURP, Habi Kurokeme, in a statement on Sunday, October 20, said that the prevailing peace in the Niger Delta Region must be sustained by all stakeholders and urged Dokubo to call his “loyalists” to order or will be held responsible for attacks on oil facilities in the region. 

According to the statement: “Our attention has been drawn to the showboating of one man, who is notorious for feeding off the palms of the current Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Office. This very lazy and jobless man who now masquerades as ‘The Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA)’, was recently quoted by the online version of Vanguard newspaper as saying that he “will cripple the nation’s economy with coordinated attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta, should the Presidency succumb to the sponsored manoeuvering and blackmail by purported cabals to remove the Special Adviser to the President and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, Prof Charles Dokubo.” 

“In the statement, this hustler, who is a well known Kalabari man from Rivers, styled himself as “Major General” Johnmark Ezonbi. Nonsense! We know this desperado too well. He does not even know how to shoot a catapult (rubber sling) let alone a gun. He is all mouth and no action! He was only given A big promise to replace his fellow Kalabari brother, the Head of Reintegration in the Amnesty Office.”

“On the contrary, it is the belief of all the Niger Delta ex-agitators enlisted in the Presidential Amnesty Programme that Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo has long overstayed his welcome as the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme. Prof Dokubo is the singular biggest threat to peace, safety and security in the Niger Delta. In fact, the rising cases of oil theft in the Niger Delta, at a time our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari is looking for money to fund the federal budget, is glaringly as a result of the crass ineptitude of Prof. Charles Quaker Dokubo. That Dokubo still parades himself as the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in spite of the monumental cases of corruption that has been linked to him and his cohorts, is one of the wonders of this era,” they wrote. 

They statement continues: “We must send direct message to Prof. Charles Dokubo to stop threatening President Muhammadu Buhari and indeed the nation, with renewed wave of militancy in the Niger Delta. The youths and freedom fighters in the Niger Delta have since renounced violence and will never return to that sad era irrespective of the provocations of Prof. Charles Dokubo and his hirelings like the so-called “Major General Johnmark Ezonbi.” By 2016, virtually all the 30,000 ex-agitators enlisted in the Programme had received either vocational training or formal education in some of the best training facilities across the world. What was left was the reintegration of already-trained persons. Looking at his performance since resumption, Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo is clearly the worst head of the Presidential Amnesty Programme since its inception.

“Only recently, the nation was shocked when news made the rounds about how Professor Dokubo procured 100 wooden boats at the cost of N4 million each purportedly to “empower” Niger Delta women. When challenged that those wooden boats could be procured at less than N200,000 each, Dokubo countered that they also threw in fishing nets and hooks into each of the boats! He never disputed the fact that N4 million was spent on each of the miserable wooden boats,” the statement added.

According to the statement also, Professor Dokubo did not have an understanding of the Presidential Amnesty Programme. Worst still, it stated, he did not have the capacity to run the programme. It added that the appointment was a huge mistake in the first place. It alleged that under Dokubo, the Amnesty Programme lacked focus – totally directionless. 

“He just sits down everyday and awards senseless contracts to cronies, who usually would not do the job, but rather return huge chunks of the money back to him once they got paid by the office. The former Director of Finance and Accounts, who attempted to check this vice, was chased out of the office by him and his colluding friends in government.”

Furthermore, it read: “Given his lack of understanding of the Programme, Prof. Dokubo has now been literally held hostage by persons who see the Amnesty Office as a means of making money at the  expense of the people. The situation is so bad that the Coordinator has now totally lost control of the office. Senior Civil Servants in the office, conniving with some contractors have taken over power from Prof. Dokubo, and are now perpetrating colossal and brazen corruption. No wonder he has been visiting EFCC office almost on weekly basis. Very soon, details of his EFCC travail will be released to the general public, especially the Benin furniture company issue.

“Despite calls for proper investigation of the massive looting in Kaima, orchestrated by him and his criminal civil servants (Procurement, Admin and Legal Directors), supply of materials have continued unabated, howbeit, delivery is now to Buzi office in Abuja and this is another plot to syphon another N1,000,000,000 (One Billion Naira) to lobby  government officials in the Presidency, for him to remain in office, where he has only cleverly looted billions of naira and caused much harm to stakeholders in the region,” they alleged.

“Given that Professor Dokubo did not take his time to understand the programme, including the mandate, he has been unable to manage the programme’s stakeholders. Owing to these failings of Prof. Dokubo, huge oil theft has continued in the Niger Delta, hurting the nation’s economy. It is the collective wish of all of us enlisted in the Presidential Amnesty Programme for His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, to immediately replace Dokubo with someone with a perfect understanding of the Amnesty Programme. Someone who would return the Programme to its original ideal,” they stated.

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