Kingsley Kuku

Kingsley Kuku

Probe Kuku Over Diversion Of N7.5bn, Ex-Militants Writes Buhari


Aggrieved ex-militants from three states of Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa have sent a protest letter to President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the alleged diversion of an estimated N7.5bn by former chairman of the Federal Government Amnesty Implementation Committees, Kingsley Kuku.

Kingsley Kuku

Kingsley Kuku

The ex-militants said though allowances were paid to the over 30,000 verified beneficiaries of the Amnesty programme, the Amnesty Implementation Committee under the chairmanship of Kuku withheld the agreed sum of N.5m approved by late President Musa Yar’Adua for accommodation and vehicle allowances each year.

In the protest letter to President Buhari, Comrade John Government from Delta State, who signed on behalf of the militants, argued that investigation into the missing N7.5bn was necessary to avoid a disguised attempt to cover it up.

According to the ex-militants, the late President Yar’Adua had at the beginning of the Amnesty deal approved monies for the ex-militants to care for accommodation and cars and with a proviso that if such money was not paid in lump sum, N500,000 be paid every year to cater for the issues of accommodation and car.

“But since the start of the Amnesty programme, the chairmen of the Implementation Committee have refused to pay. They paid a sum of N150,000 last year out of the N500,000. What we are asking is why have they refused to pay? Were the monies not budgeted for by the National Assembly? Who stole our money? We need answers,” he said.

According to the statement, though the ex-militants commended the recent declaration by the federal government through the Chairman of the Amnesty Implementation Committee, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh, that they are not owing ex-militants in the region, the issues of exclusion, illegal and selfish allocation of slots and diversion of funds meant for the upkeep and welfare of ex-militants under the past coordinators should be investigated.

“President Buhari should know that the repeated threats by some ex-militants to return to the creeks may have been occasioned by the injustice committed against them under past chairmen of the Amnesty Implementation Committee. We are calling for an open investigation into the various cases of illegality and fund diversions,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the last may not have been heard over the suit filed by aggrieved ex-militants against the federal government and the Amnesty office over their exclusion from the exercise.

A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa yesterday issued a 14 days ultimatum to the federal government and the Amnesty Implementation Committee to respond to the suit.

Hearing in the suit filed by militants from Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers had continued in Yenagoa, with the court giving the government and the Amnesty office to respond within 14 days.

The aggrieved ex-militants, Asenekir Oyile, Angiama-Owei Oyindoubra, John Government, John Sawyer, Trydy Okpeke, Dollar Motor, Selebi Ayowei, Bobra Angese, Henry Gomeromo and Ekerebi Ombe in their suit claimed that the Amnesty committee erred by refusing to include them in the Amnesty programme after series of resolutions from meetings with former National Security Advisers to President Goodluck Jonathan, late Gen. Owei Azazi and Col. Dasuki Sambo respectively.

The ex-militants in the suit, numbered FHC/YNG/CS/102/2013, declared that they were former militants that had accepted Amnesty under the third phase and surrendered their weapons to the federal government through the Amnesty Office in 2011 under the Peace Initiative.

At yesterday’s sitting presided over by Justice H.A. Nganjiwa, the court ruled in favour of the aggrieved militants on the plea for an extension of time on the notice to file counter motions against the preliminary objections filed by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and the office of the Amnesty Implementation Committee.

Justice Nganjiwa, after hearing the submissions of the counsel to the ex-militants, K.O. Seriaki, on the two separate motions in response to the preliminary objections, ordered that the federal government and the Amnesty Office were given 14 days ultimatum to respond to the addresses filed by the plaintiff.

The judge, however, adjourned further hearing till November 10th, 2015.

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