|File: A former militant undergoes screening at an amnesty screening programme. Credit: VOA|
Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the coordinator of the amnesty programme for former militants, Paul Boroh amid allegations of graft, The Precision has learnt.
Boroh is being replaced by Charles Quaker Dokubo, currently director of research and studies at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, a think tank.
Announcing the dismissal of Paul Boroh, a retired senior army officer, Buhari ordered the country’s national security adviser to investigate the programme’s activities since 2015, “especially allegations of financial impropriety.”
The announcement came in an emailed statement from the president’s spokesman, which gave no details of the allegations.
The amnesty programme in Nigeria entitles each former militant to a monthly stipend and job training.
Funding of the former Niger Delta militants under the 2009 amnesty has been key to maintaining relative stability in the southern region and preventing attacks on energy facilities in Africa’s biggest oil producer. Crude oil sales make up two-thirds of government revenue. But attacks resumed in 2016, contributing to pushing Africa’s biggest economy into recession that year as oil production was cut from a peak of 2.2 million barrels per day (mbpd) to near 1 mbpd, Nigeria’s lowest level for at least 30 years.