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The House of
Representatives has resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the
alleged fraudulent activities  in the
Presidential Amnesty Programme.

The
resolution followed a motion presented by Rep Tajudeen Obasa (PDP-Lagos)
at  plenary on Wednesday.

Moving
the motion, Obasa expressed concerns over the outcry by some people, alleging
massive looting at the Kaiama Amnesty Centre in Bayelsa State between February
14 and 16.

“The
coordinator of the centre, in collaboration with security agents and other
unknown persons, allegedly took away equipment worth billions of naira with the
knowledge of the Special Adviser on Amnesty to the President. It has become
imperative to investigate these allegations for the good of the Niger Delta
people and that of the nation at large.The failure of the House to act in time
will lead to the wrecking of the amnesty programme and the essence of it will
be eroded,” he said.

Obasa
noted that the programme was a lofty initiative by the Federal Government to
quell arms struggles by the Niger Delta agitators.

He
said the programme was meant for a better deal in the nation’s oil producing
areas and the cardinal objective was to grant pardon to the agitators.

The
lawmaker said further that it was meant to rehabilitate the agitators through
productive ventures and build the capacity of the youths in the area.

Obasa
said that government had spent huge resources in training the youths locally
and abroad, adding that recently, N8.5bn was paid into the programme’s account
to further implement the initiative.

The  Speaker,
Mr. Yakubu Dogara, said that when the committee is finally constituted, it will
turn in its report to the House within two weeks for further legislative
action.

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