Suspension of the immediate past Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo must have been as a result of damning petition sent to the National Security Adviser, NSA, Babagana Monguno.
The petition written by a group operating under the aegis of Concerned Niger Deltans for Sustainable Development dated January 1, 2020 accused Dokubo of stealing public funds, fraud, corruption and cover up.
According to the petition signed by the Secretary of the group based in Yenagoa, Comrade Okpokeme Waripamowe claimed that Dokubo was the mastermind of the five days looting of the N60 billion (about $166.6million) Training Complex in Boro Town, Kaiama, Bayelsa state and the fake nonexistent supply contracts in excess of N30billion ($83million) paid by Prof. Dokubo to his front men and companies.
The petitioners demanded that Dokubo should step aside for credible investigations to commence into the allegations of stealing of public funds, fraud and corruption.
They alleged that between December 26 and 27 the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN credited the Presidential Amnesty Programme’s TSA account with about N10.6 billion and that Prof. Dokubo allocated about 60 percent of the funds totalling N66 billion for the payment of fake non-existent supply contracts to his front companies.
“The continuous fraud and out-right stealing of public funds being perpetrated by Prof. Charles Quaker Dokubo against Niger Deltans is unprecedented, the Presidential Amnesty Programme headed by Prof. Charles Quaker Dokubo is in a chaotic state and requires your urgent attention.
“Prof. Dokubo’s tenure as the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP has already expired based on his appointment letter as directed by the President, however, Prof. Dokubo continue to act and sign billions of Naira on a monthly basis since June 2019 to date (Appointment Letter Attached)”
The petitioners further disclosed that following federal government’s payment of N8.5 billion into the Presidential Amnesty Programme’s TSA account in April 2019, Prof. Dokubo and members of his senior management staff allegedly cooked up more phony logistics and distribution contracts amounting to over N4.8 billion.
The senior management staff allegedly involved in these fraudulent contract scams with Prof. Dokubo are Legal Adviser, Mrs. Awotu Patricia Ojakovo, Director of Procurement, Mr. Musa Johnson Odiniya and Director of Administration, Mrs. Ubi Umoren Franklyn.
“The alleged fraudulent companies listed in the documents below and other companies all claimed to have done the same amount of logistics and supplies contracts totalling over N5 billion.
“The Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP is a programme meant to train and empower Niger Delta Ex-Militants and not a conduit-pipe for fraudulent politicians to award fake non-existent supply contracts to enrich themselves.
“Prof. Dokubo has allegedly inflated contracts to empower his Front-Man and Crony, Mr. Jacob Aminu Momoh the owner of the Consultancy firm “Manzon Limited” which is the private platform through which all consultants (over 200 staffs) working at the Amnesty office is being employed.
“Mr. Jacob Aminu Momoh the owner of the Consultancy firm “Manzon Limited” and JAMOB Global were some of the companies awarded the fake non-existent supply contracts in billions of naira,” the petitioners stated.
They recalled that the Head of Reintegration, one Chief Brown was fired in January 2019 by Prof. Dokubo but was recalled a week later only after he threatened Prof. Dokubo to expose all his fraudulent practices and corruption explaining that within the one week before he was recalled, Chief Brown revealed that over 30 companies were used to cover up Prof. Dokubo’s fake non-existent supply contracts.
They stated that Chief Brown as the head of Reintegration must sign-off on every file in the Amnesty office before it is processed and paid which gave the opportunity to be fully aware of all of Prof. Dokubo schemes and fraudulent activities.
“Prof Dokubo awarded a N1.6 billion (N4million per person multiplied by the 400 Amnesty beneficiaries) on costal fishing empowerment package for One month to his cronies (Innotek Royal Services Limited) on the 29th November 2018 and made part payments with the intention of not executing the job, however, when the news was made public, they quickly deployed 100 boats to calm the public outrage (Documents Attached).
“Professor Dokubo directed the Head of the Boro-Town Vocational Training Center, Mr. Jude Gbaboyor to open the warehouse where supplied items are kept, and they arranged with hoodlums to cart away items previously supplied to cover-up their fraud.
“The move is to enable Dokubo, his front men and the director of procurement, and other senior management staffs in the Amnesty office to claim that the N30Billion worth of supplied items have been stolen by hoodlums.
The looting of the facility lasted for five days with no police or military personnel present to stop the hoodlums, on February 14, 2019; Prof. Dokubo drove along the East-West Road and saw the looting of the facility.
“Sources said Stakeholders who saw him, pleaded with him to call for security but instead, Dokubo drove away and went to Benin on February 14, 2019 and later called Mrs. Esther Boro, the daughter of the Late Ijaw Hero and Legend, Maj. Isaac Jasper Adaka-Boro to go and commission the facility on his behalf.
“While the looting was going on at one end, Madam Esther Boro and a few elders she gathered the President’s name to commission the facility at another end in the same complex all on February 14, 2019 (Pictures Attached).
“Mr. Jude Gbaboyor, the Head of the Training Center reported the looting to the Police in Bayelsa state on the 14th of February 2019, three days after the looting had started in what appears to be a well-choreographed move. After the Head of the Boro-Town Vocational Training Center, Mr. Jude Gbaboyor reported the matter to the Police in Bayelsa state; Prof Dokubo became very angry at Mr. Jude Gbaboyor for reporting the matter to the Police.
“Prof. Dokubo then instructed Mr. Gbaboyor to immediately withdraw his statement and the Police report that had already been filed with the Police in Bayelsa state. On February 15, 2019 Gbaboyor wrote to the Police in Bayelsa state to withdraw his statement and the report that he had already filed with the Police.
“Rather than allow the Police to investigate the looting of the N60 billion complex, Prof. Dokubo inaugurated a fact-finding Committee headed by Brig-Gen. Sotunde Songonuga (rtd) Other members of the committee are Mr. Dodoye Arikpo of the Department of State Services, DSS, Barrister Paddy Ogon, a Chief Superintendent of Police, Mrs. Ene Cynthia Ogbe, Pastor Reuben Wilson, Mr. Unyime Eyo to serve as Secretary.
“Protesters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state on the 13th March, 2019 revealed that the External Auditing Committee inaugurated by Prof. Dokubo found 30 companies used in perpetrating contract frauds worth billions of naira. Prof. Dokubo was hurriedly informed that the External Committee found incriminating information and fraudulent activities against him, and that he must dissolve the committee with urgency.
“In Panic, Prof. Dokubo dissolved the External Auditing Committee on 14th March 2019 and set-up a new committee headed by the former Director of Procurement, Mr. Musa Odiniya who is the brain behind the entire fraud and fake supplies contracts scam in the Amnesty office to oversee and investigate his own department for fraud in an effort to cover up for Prof. Dokubo.
“This is the same Director of Procurement, Mr. Musa Odiniya that orchestrated all the contract fraud and public funds stealing perpetrated by the former
Amnesty Boss” the petitioners added.