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Ex-agitators actions can jeopardise amnesty programme – General Preye

By Shina Badmus

An ex-agitator, General Preye Alamene, has said that the recent protest by ex-militants in Bayelsa state, calling for the removal of the coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Prof. Charles Dokubo, over the nonpayment of their monthly stipends, can ruin the amnesty programme.

The ex-agitator made this remark during an interview with GbaramatuVoice at a thanksgiving service held at the Transformation Zion City Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Warri to celebrate his release from wrongful detention by the Department of State Service (DSS).

According to Chief Alamene, the amnesty boss is doing well and that since he came into office, all the required payment as regards the programme had been duly meted out.

Speaking further, he disclosed that during the time of the old amnesty boss,  Paul Boroh, there were lots of irregularities as the system was a wrong one but Dokubo’s administration had brought to light a positive transformation.

In his words, “Nobody should remove Professor Dokubo because the man is doing well. I am an ex-agitator; if any agitator is saying that he is not doing well, such person(s) want to spoil the amnesty programme.

“When you look at Boroh’s time, it was a wrong system but since Dokubo came, he has never owed anyone salary and anything that is being complained about as regards the programme, he does it. So, what is the need for calling for the man’s removal? There is no need. He has always complied with all parties to the programme and ensure their needs are met.”

Continuing further, he said, “We are not supposed to push him out. All those speculations are just wrong information that people are carrying.

“What I want to advise those that are calling for his removal is that they should know what they are doing is wrong. I am pleading with everybody that they should let him be because the man is doing well.

“Peradventure he is removed now and another person is put in and the circle goes on like that, the amnesty would be in disarray. But from my own perspective I don’t think the man is doing wrong. He hasn’t done wrong, in short he is perfect,” he added.

Chief Alamene concluded by saying those who want to remove Dokubo are doing so because they want contracts and that their actions will certainly be in vain.

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