Posted by Tony Ezimakor | 6 November 2019 | 586 times
The Presidential Amnesty Office on Niger Delta may have been thrown into crisis following an alleged scam to fraudulently pay N463.3m as claims of unpaid arrears to ex-militants in a camp known as the Agbalababou camp of the Phase 2 amnesty programme.
Court documents filed at Federal High Court Yenagoa on October 3, 2019, by one Moses, copies of which was made available to journalists, indicate that the coordinator of the Amnesty Office and Special Adviser to the President on Amnesty, Prof Charles Dokubo had accepted to pay half of the claimed sum to the claimants to stave off further litigation on the matter.
Several attempts to reach the spokesman of the Amnesty Office, Murphy Ganagana, were unsuccessful as calls placed on his number were not responded to.
According to purported Terms of Settlement agreement entered into by Professor Dokubo and Ali-Bozi Tamarantare for the Amnesty office, and and Moses Lawyer and Richard Turner, for the claimants, the Amnesty Office agreed to pay N238.6m (two hundred and thirty eight million, six hundred thousand naira).
However, Comrade Steve Ebisintei, an aggrieved leader of the second phase of the Amnesty program, has raised the alarm alleging that the terms of agreement on which the Amnesty Office is relying to pay the money may not be genuine. He is claiming that such arrears are fictitious and fraudulent.
In a Motion on Notice he and one Sampson Opuakpo filed on October 22, 2019, to be joined in the terms of settlement, he claimed that “the execution of the Terms of Settlement’ agreed by parties in the substantive suit will not serve the course of justice and that the federal government of Nigeria could be defrauded in the process.
The Federal Government of Nigeria will be made to pay monies not being owed to the plaintiff on record,” he claimed.
Comrade Ebisintei alleged that even the coordinator of the Amnesty Office is not aware that this fraud is being perpetrated allegedly by one Ali-Bozi Tamarantare, and other elements in the legal department of the Amnesty Office, in connivance with the claimant’s counsel.
“How do you explain that in the so called terms of settlement, such a huge sum of money is to be paid into the personal account of Barrister Richard Turner, the claimant’s counsel domiciled at Diamond/Access bank with account number 0016398219?”
“Why is Ali-Bozi Tamarantare, a lawyer at the Amnesty Office hiding our ‘notice of joinder’ from the Coordinator knowing that Prof Dokubo will stop such fraudulent payment if this is brought to his notice?
“Our stand is simple; the Federal Government is about to be defrauded if nothing urgent is done. The attention of Prof. Dokubo needs to be called to this so as to enable him avoid this pitfall,” Ebisintei said. (Independent)
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