Mischief makers at work, Presidential Amnesty Office denies fraud allegations
The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has described fraud allegations of corruption levelled against the programme as false and handiwork of mischief makers.
In a statement sent to GbaramatuVoice on Monday, the Special Adviser on Media in the Presidential Amnesty Office, Freston Akpor, said the monies mentioned were clearly a figment of the imagination of the newsmaker, who intended to use the media to achieve malicious ends for reason only known to him.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Presidential Amnesty Programme has been drawn to a press conference held by one Friday Iko urging anti graft and related agencies to investigate the PAP over alleged corruption and imputing fraud in the disbursement of funds to the PAP Cooperative.
Iko had among other issues alleged that “some members of staff in the office are receiving huge amounts for welfare ranging between 15 to 10 million Naira for monthly running cost”.
The monies mentioned are clearly a figment of the imagination of the newsmaker who intends to use the media to achieve malicious ends only known to him.
“The allegations are not only false but also baseless and a calculated attempt to commence another round of a smear campaign against the Interim Administrator and his dedicated management team by forces from within and outside the office.
“The PAP has conducted a background check on the purported newsmaker and has found no person of note with that name or identity. The media is therefore advised to be circumspect in allowing personalities bearing pseudonyms to use their platforms to broadcast or publish such mischief as they (media houses) could be in the cross hair of possible litigations”.
“As a national security programme, the PAP under General Ndiomu has been ethical and above board in discharging its mandate of ensuring peace and stability in the Niger Delta region. The PAP therefore wish to call on the security agencies to arrest those spreading falsehood to undermine the peace in the region.
“PAP will also not hesitate to bring charges against those who employ such falsehood in order to defame the chief executive and hardworking staff of the Programme.