Series of allegations aimed at slandering the image of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo have been conceived by unscrupulous elements who have failed in their bid to profit through illegal and corrupt means from the agency.
The plot, which is already in its advanced stage, is allegedly being orchestrated by Mr Ilem Iyam; the Director of Finance who has failed in his bid to misinform the general public about the Amnesty effort of the federal government.
In a bid to cover his tracks of collecting money from contractors before and after mobilizations, an activity he is reported to engage in, and in connivance with the accountant general, Mr Ilem has allegedly resorted to using misinformation to distract the general public and other relevant stakeholders.
In one of the campaigns of calumny, being sponsored by Mr Ilem and his ally Jackson Ude, they allegedly reported fictitious contracts to the tune of N1.8 billion being awarded by the office of the Coordinator for the Presidential Amnesty Programme to a company; and death threat on Ilem’s life.
This is not the first time Ilem has attempted to blackmail. He has previously allegedly published unsubstantiated reports and fake news aimed at discrediting the agency. He has previously made attempt and continues to carry out this dastardly act in order to gain public sympathy at the expense of maintaining professionalism and staying true to the guidelines of the Public Procurement Act 2007.
The Accountant General seems to be indifferent to the situation as he is reported to be heavily protected and as such cannot be bothered as long as he receives kickbacks from Mr Ilem.
Since March 2018, when Professor Charles Dokunbo was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as Special Adviser and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, he has initiated diverse reforms which have continued to irk exploitative elements who have long benefitted from clientelism and socioeconomic unrest that has bedevilled the Niger Delta region.
It was gathered that Prof. Dokubo has severally turned down overtures by those behind the plot, and now to get at him, they have resorted to blackmailing him.
Professor Dokunbo’s managerial ability coupled with his good knowledge of the problems of Niger Delta people and how to solve them so as to create an enduring peaceful coexistence in the region for business to thrive has not only repositioned the agency but has brought life, peace, succor and economic development to Niger Delta region.
Mr Ilem expressly stated that he could not respond to the issue when contacted for his side of the story on the allegations levelled against him that he collects money from contractors before they can receive any form of payment or mobilization.