Published On: Mon, Dec 19th, 2016

Suspected vandal, ‘General Eagle’ not ex-militant –Amnesty Office, commends ex-Agitators over Rivers rerun elections.

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amnesty-office-logoPress Statement.

December 19, 2016.

 

The Presidential Amnesty Office  wishes to state that one Justice Golubo alias ‘General Eagle’ suspected to be the leader of a gang responsible for  vandalism of oil facilities, illegal bunkering and kidnapping is not an ex-militant.  He should therefore, not be associated with the Amnesty Office nor militancy in the Niger Delta. No such person exist in the data base of the   Presidential Amnesty Office nor is he part of the Amnesty Programme.

It is not uncommon for  suspects to claim to be part of the Amnesty Programme, hoping this way to escape justice or mitigate whatever punishment may be due to them. The Amnesty Office believes that every crime should attract commensurate punishment  irrespective of claims by suspects. In any case, being a beneficiary  of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, is no immunity for any post-Amnesty crime committed.

While commending the Joint Task Force (JTF)  Operation Delta Safe for arresting the suspect and his gang, the  Presidential Amnesty Office  appeals to the mass media to please crosscheck any such claims by suspects before publication.

In another development, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme,  Brigadier General Paul Boroh has applauded   the 30,000 beneficiaries of the Programme   for refusing to be coopted into any violence during the December 10, 2016 electoral rerun in Rivers State.  He advised them to continue to shun violence no matter the temptation they are subjected to reiterating that any of them who engages in violence, would be exited from the Programme and lose whatever entitlement or empowerment package might be due them.

General Boroh also commended the Amnesty beneficiaries for their understanding in the face of delays in the payment of their stipends or In-Training-Allowances promising that they will not have long to wait before all arrears are cleared.

 

Owei Lakemfa

Media & Communication Consultant

Presidential Amnesty Programme.

 

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