A Federal High Court in Yenagoa on Tuesday summoned the coordinator,
Presidential Amnesty Office, Prof. Charles Dokubo, to appear before it on
January 21 over alleged fraud committed by the office.
Justice Awogboro Abimbola also summoned the office’s Director of Finance and Accounts, Isaac Ityohuma; and its Head of Reintegration, Aroloye Brown.
The defendants were sued by 75 ex-militants under
Benuwolo Camp who embraced the presidential amnesty in 2010 in the second phase
of the scheme.
The judge said that she had on September 26 summoned
Dokubo, also Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta, over
alleged diversion of stipends meant for the 75 former militants.
Justice Abimbola ordered counsel to the coordinator of
amnesty office, Pere Ikuetemi, to ensure that his client appeared in court on
the next adjourned date for continuation of hearing.
The 75 ex-militants are demanding payment of their
outstanding N65,000 monthly stipends from January 2011 to May 2019, amounting
to N492 million.
The group urged the court to declare as unlawful, the alleged fraudulent manipulation of the 75 slots allotted to Benuwolo Camp by officials of amnesty office in connivance with some other ex-militants.
They had in their statements of claim filed by their
counsel, Richard Turner, urged the court to order the office to revert the 75
slots to the camp and halt further diversion of the slots.
Meanwhile, the judge dismissed an application by two other ex-militants to join in the suit.