Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
A nongovernmental organization, ‘Ijaw Voice For Peace and Development’ has called on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC) to reopen its investigation on the financial transactions of the Niger Delta Amnesty program under Kingsley Kuku.
The National Coordinator of the group, Clarkson Perekebina in a press statement issued yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital said the alleged corrupt practices perpetrated under the leadership of Kingsley Kuku is too weighty to sweep under carpet.
He alleged that the former Coordinator of the Amnesty program used fronts to embezzle funds that run into billions of naira belonging to the Amnesty.
He said that in the first lap of EFCC investigation into the Amnesty financial transactions about three witnesses testified how the former Coordinator allegedly used them to divert funds belonging to the Amnesty Program.
Perekebina said: ‘’Facts available to us indicates that Kingsley Kuku alone embezzled over N97bn from the Amnesty Program which he diverted through fronts and cronies into real estate and airlines.
“We are aware that during the commencement of investigation into the management of Amnesty Program under Kingsley Kuku by EFCC several persons and vendors were invited for interrogations but surprisingly all these case have died naturally in circumstances that show there was a clear case of compromise and the monumental fraud swept under the carpet’’
‘’ One Hassan Suleman who was a staff of the Amnesty office under Kuku admitted in his statement how nearly N10bn that went through his personal account was swept under the carpet. It has also been established through several petitions that Kuku inflated the Amnesty list by 3,000 factious delegates who receive N65,000 stipends monthly for over five years amounted to over N12bn.’’
‘’We also note the case involving foundation for ethnic Harmony and International Center for Non-violence and Peace Development , the biggest contractor in the Amnesty office that received over N70bn in various factious contracts.
We called on EFCC to reopen its case file on Amnesty Program as to unravel the circumstances surrounding the looting of funds belonging to the Program which it claimed runs into billions of naira.”