Claims on stoppage of amnesty stipends malicious – PAP


The Presidential Amnesty Programme has faulted the claim that the new Interim Administrator, Major Gen. Barry Ndiomu (retd.), has terminated payments of monthly stipends to ex-agitators in the Niger Delta region.

The PAP was reacting to social media reports indicating that Ndiomu had discontinued the payments soon after he assumed office.

The denial was contained in a statement by Thomas Peretu, Special Assistant on Media to the PAP boss, and made available to our correspondent in Port Harcourt on Friday.

The statement described those behind the false information as mischief makers, saying any suggestion that the payment of the stipends had been stopped should be considered a malicious and baseless rumour.

It read, “There is no iota of truth in the report making the rounds in the social media. It is a mere rumour and the allegation is baseless and unfounded.

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“At best, it is a concoction from the imagination of mischief makers whose intention is to cause disaffection and bring the hard earned reputation of the Interim Administrator into disrepute.”

Ndiomu’s media aide further said the claim was a deliberate attempt to derail the focus and attention of his principal, and urged well-meaning people of the region and members of the public to discountenance the report.

 “The stipends for this month of October 2022 have already been transferred to appropriate quarters since the 24th of October for further disbursement,” he stated.

 The statement, however, said any delay in receipt of funds could only be due to administrative procedures. ,

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