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Buhari suspends Dokubo, Amnesty programme coordinator, approves Oyo-Ita’s retirement

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme, Charles Dokubo.

Special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement issued on Friday.




Adesina said the suspension is in line with the recommendation of a caretaker committee set up to look into allegations and petitions against Dokubo.

“Following numerous allegations and petitions surrounding the Presidential Amnesty Programme, the National Security Adviser (NSA) set up a Caretaker Committee to look into the activities of the programme, on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari,” the statement read.

“Part of the Committee’s task is to ensure that allocated resources are properly utilized in consonance with government’s objective of alleviating problems in the Niger Delta region, and stamping out corruption in the Amnesty Programme.

“Consequently, the NSA recommended to Mr President that the Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo be suspended, a recommendation that has been approved and which takes immediate effect.

“The President has also directed that the Caretaker Committee set up to review the programme should oversee the running of the programme henceforth, with a view to ensuring that government objectives are achieved.”

President Buhari has also approved the retirement of Winifred Oyo-Ita as head of service, saying it is “without prejudice to the on-going investigations into the allegations against her”.

Secretary of the government to the federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, disclosed this in a statement issued by permanent secretary (general services), Olusegun Adekunle, on Friday.



In the statement, the SGF said Folasade Yemi-Esan, who has been acting head of service, has been appointed in substantive capacity.

“In approving the retirement, President Muhammadu Buhari affirmed that it would be without prejudice to the on-going investigations into certain allegations against the immediate past head of the civil Service of the federation,” he said.

“He thanked her for the invaluable services to the nation and wished her well in all future endeavors. In a related development, President Muhammadu Buhari in exercise of the powers vested in him by Section 171 (2) (b); and in compliance with Sub-Sections (3) and (5) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) has approved the appointment of Dr. (Mrs.) Folasade O. Yemi-Esan as the substantive head of the Civil Service of the Federation with effect from Friday, 28th February, 2020.

“Until her new appointment, she was the acting head of the civil service of the federation, a position she assumed since.”


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