• EFCC reveals how Jonathan’s aide diverted N2.8 billion meant for amnesty

    EFCC reveals how Jonathan’s aide diverted N2.8 billion meant for amnesty

    Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detectives have revealed how N2.8billion meant for the training of ex-Niger Delta militants was withdrawn 35 times, allegedly on the orders of a former Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Kingsley Kuku.

    The funds were converted to dollars by six bureau de change and disbursed through two of Kuku’s two aides. Some of the funds were wired into the accounts of the brothers and associates of a former coordinator of the scheme, Dr. Kingsley Kuku […]

  • IPOB faults Amnesty’s report, says over 2,000 members killed

    IPOB faults Amnesty’s report, says over 2,000 members killed

    It was gathered that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has welcomed the recent report published by Amnesty International, AI, detailing the alleged killing of 150 pro-Biafra activists by Nigerian soldiers, but pointed out that the figure was not a true reflection of number of its members killed from August 2015 till date, which is the period the report covered.

    It declared that, within the period, over 2000 of its members have been killed, with another 750 still missing.

    A statement issued […]

  • Masari inaugurates dialogue, amnesty committee for cattle rustlers

    Masari inaugurates dialogue, amnesty committee for cattle rustlers

    According to reports, Katsina State Government on Saturday inaugurated a 15-man Committee on Dialogue and Amnesty to parley with cattle rustlers operating in the forest across the state.

    Speaking while inaugurating the committee in Katsina, Governor Aminu Masari mandated the committee to meet with various gangs of cattle rustlers operating in the state with a view to identifying their grievances and advice the government.

    Masari also asked members of the committee to consult widely with stakeholders and engage religious and traditional leaders […]

  • We’ll fish you out after amnesty – Wike tells cultists, kidnappers

    We’ll fish you out after amnesty – Wike tells cultists, kidnappers

    Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that security agencies would go after suspected cultists and kidnappers after the expiration of the 60 days amnesty window.

    This is even as the governor noted that criminal activities have caused food insecurity in Rivers communities.

    Governor Wike made the statements yesterday, in Isiokpo, headquarters of Ikwerre Local Area of the State, during recovery of weapons from repentant armed youths.

    Wike, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Amnesty and Chairman of the State Amnesty Implementation […]

  • 2,000 kidnappers, armed robbers embrace amnesty in Rivers

    2,000 kidnappers, armed robbers embrace amnesty in Rivers

    About 2,000 cult members on Saturday embraced the amnesty declared by the Rivers State Government.

    The cult members, who were involved in kidnappings, killings and armed robberies in the past, surrendered their weapons before members of the state Amnesty Committee in Isiokpo, the headquarters of Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.

    Some of the weapons surrendered by them included AK 47 rifles, G3, dane guns, dynamite, NATO gun and detonators.

    Speaking shortly after receiving weapons from the repentant militants, the Chairman of […]

  • Embrace amnesty or face wrath of law – Rivers warns cultists

    Embrace amnesty or face wrath of law – Rivers warns cultists

    According to reports, the Rivers government has warned cultists still bearing arms to embrace its amnesty offer or be ready to face the wrath of the law.

    Mr Ken Chinda, the Special Adviser on Amnesty to Gov. Nyesom Wike, stated this in an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Saturday.

    Chinda said some unrepentant cultists in Ogba/Egbeme/Ndoni Local Government Area of the state were frustrating the amnesty programme.

    He said leaders of the Iceland Cult group in Obiozimini and others in Egi […]

  • Senate begins probe of N330b Amnesty programme

    Senate begins probe of N330b Amnesty programme

    According to reports, the Senate on Thursday began investigation into the alleged mismanagement of the Presidential Amnesty Programme from 2009 till date.

    The project is said to be worth over N330 billion.

    The Chairman of Senate Committee on Niger Delta, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, at the resumption investigative hearing lamented that the objectives of Presidential Amnesty Programme have been compromised.

    Nwaoboshi lamented ‎that restiveness has returned to the Niger Delta and even many of their youths have gone back to the creeks.

    He said: “Yes, […]

  • Niger Delta militants give Buhari conditions to accept amnesty

    Niger Delta militants give Buhari conditions to accept amnesty

    A group of Niger Delta militants operating in Rivers State has made a 10-point demand that must be met before they will accept the amnesty offered by Wike.

    The group, which identified itself as Egi Freedom Fighters, warned that it would reject the state amnesty programme, unless all the conditions were met.

    The militants, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, and signed by their spokesperson, Jennifer Black, requested the rebuilding of houses destroyed during a military raid of Egiland.

    However, […]

  • We’ve evidence of Kuku’s Amnesty FYD loan – Nwuche

    We’ve evidence of Kuku’s Amnesty FYD loan – Nwuche

    It was gathered that the Foundation for Youth Development (FYD), on Monday said that it has full evidence of the former Special Adviser, Kingsley Kuku’s Amnesty Office loan from the Foundation.

    On Monday Kuku through his attorney as reported by some national dailies denied receiving any loan from FYD as claimed by its Chairman, Hon. Chibudom Nwuche.

    A statement by the Media Adviser to FYD, Ike Anyaduba, in Abuja said that the Foundation has “read with amusement the denial from Kingsley Kuku […]

  • Melaye asks Buhari to grant amnesty/pardon to treasury looters

    Melaye asks Buhari to grant amnesty/pardon to treasury looters

    Senator Dino Melaye has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give presidential pardon and amnesty for treasury looters.

    Melaye in statement on Sunday said, “Though an unrepentant advocate for integrity and forthrightness especially from public office holders, I however sincerely want to recommend that Mr. President grant Presidential Amnesty/Pardon to all those who looted our treasury provided they return all proceeds of their loot to the government within six (6) months of the declaration of the Amnesty.

    “This, I believe will encourage […]

  • Senate backs upward review of Amnesty programme fund – Saraki

    Senate backs upward review of Amnesty programme fund – Saraki

    It was gathered that the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday said the Senate will support any proposal from the executive to increase the fund slated for the amnesty programme in the 2016 Appropriation Act.

    Saraki spoke to journalists at the Presidential Villa after the Change of Guards ceremony to mark the nation’s 56th Independence Anniversary.

    He said any plan by the executive to calm the frayed nerves in the Niger Delta and increase oil production so as […]