December 2, 2022

The President Muhammadu Buhari’s Government has commenced the process to effectively shut down the Presidential Amnesty Programme by December 31, 2022.

IsL source learned that the government has already engaged an audit firm with a mandate to embark on a comprehensive audit of the programme from inception till date.

A source who spoke anonymously disclosed to IsL source said the new Interim Administrator of the PAP, Maj Gen Barry Ndiomu, (rtd) had made it clear to the staff during a meeting in September that his mandate is to wind up the programme in six months.

Findings revealed that since the meeting, there is an atmosphere of uncertainty and fear in the two offices of the programme in Abuja.It was learned that in line with the presidential directive to shut down the PAP, the Amnesty Office has stopped further award of scholarships to students from impacted communities.

Source also learned that the operations of the office have been reduced drastically such that contract awarded for new training programmes have stopped forthwith.

A source confirmed that the Presidency has already issued timelines to the new leadership of the Amnesty office to wind down the programme in adherence to the stipulated period.

IsL source learned that a document allegedly in possession of the unit heads of the PAP with the title ‘Winding Down the Presidential Amnesty Programme’ specified the timelines for the various activities necessary for terminating the programme.

The terms of request of the document read;

“a. Ensure the cessation of all processes of contract award immediately.

“b. Identify and profile beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme from inception between 17 and 31” October, 2022.

“c. Engage a reputable Audit Firm indigenous to the Niger Delta Area to carry out and conclude by 30 November 2022, the audit of all Programmes undertaken by PAP from inception to ascertain:

“I. Total number and categories of programmes undertaken.

II. Total amount spent on the programme and on each programme component.

“III. Total number of ex-agitators trained, specifying their programmes.

“IV. Number and category of outstanding eligible beneficiaries.“V. Ex-agitators still in various training institutions.

“VI. Number of leaders/beneficiaries of the monthly stipends.

“VII. Debt profile.

“d. Propose a mechanism for the settlement of outstanding debts, if any, by 31st December, 2022.

“e. Take inventory and compile the list of all movable and immovable property by 31st December, 2022.

“f. Embark on holistic consultation/engagement of critical stakeholders and public enlightenment on the imperative of winding down the PAP between. 1st and 30th November, 2022.

”Internal source revealed to IsL source that the Presidency is uncomfortable that the Amnesty Office which was established by the Yar’Adua Administration with 30,000 ex-agitators still runs with the same number after billions of Naira have been spent on training and reintegration programmes.

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