N’Delta ex-agitators laud Ndiomu on non-payment of bank accounts linked to single BVN, give suggestions

Abuja—Niger Delta ex-freedom fighters have thrown their weight behind the recent decision of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) led by Major General Barry Tariye Ndiomu (rtd) to temporarily withhold payment of delegates with multiple accounts linked to their Bank Verification Numbers (BVN).

Ndiomu upon assuming office in September last year was reported to have introduced a policy of non-payment of stipends to delegates whose BVN were found linked to multiple account numbers as part of efforts to ensure transparency in the stipend-payment system of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).

Mr. Owoupele Eneoriekumoh and Mr. Ominidougha I. Richards, who are respectively the chairman and representative of the Bayelsa and Ondo State chapters of the Niger Delta Amnesty Delegates Network (NDADN) gave the commendation in a statement on Saturday.

The two leaders of NDADN, said to be the umbrella body representing all PAP delegates, hinted that they are supporting the policy after “conducting a thorough and independent investigation concerning the burning issue.”

They alleged that legitimate delegates over the years have suffered from greedy leaders within the PAP who have fraudulently received double funds with fake accounts in collusion with corrupt bank officials.

The statement however urged Ndiomu to consider the plight of the legitimate documented beneficiaries who are suffering for the crimes allegedly perpetrated by their camp leaders.

For lasting solutions to the multiple accounts issue of PAP, the two ex-freedom fighters suggested thus:

“The Interim Administrator should urgently constitute a committee that will be responsible for the physical verification of such affected camps, camp leaders, and beneficiaries through the provision of proper means of identification.

“The Interim Administrator should set in motion the necessary legal framework to prosecute all persons that are found wanting in the perpetration of these acts of financial fraud in strict deterrence to others.”

They further urged transparent delegates who are affected by the policy to refrain from any form of protest and tow the path of peace, dialogue, and negotiation to properly channel their grievances.

“Amnesty delegates should desist from being used by unscrupulous elements as willing tools to foment trouble and blackmail the Interim Administrator who is indeed working for their interest,” the ex-agitators warned.

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