CEM REPORT | The Senate Public Account Committee has been warned by the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) and ex-militant leaders against its proposed issuance of arrest warrant against Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) Interim Administrator, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (retd).
Senate had made a resolution to issue a warrant of arrest on PAP Interim Administrator after repeated failure to honor an invitation to appear before the them as claimed by Senator Matthew Urhogbide.
The Ijaw Youth council claims that the action of the Senate committee will invariably distract the interim administrator adding that the report of the committee hit the council as a shock since the referred transactions occurred in the 2015 fiscal year before Dikio was appointed as the Interim Administrator of the programme.
The council through its Abuja branch Chairman, Adam Marbo, said the committee’s claim that the warrant was to compel Dikio to appear before it to explain an alleged N10bn unaccounted for by the amnesty office was surprising.
“We can recall that Dikio was appointed towards the end of 2020. What the Senate is investigating is a transaction that occurred in the amnesty office in 2015 but was mentioned in the Auditor-General’s report of 2018.
“The matter does not concern Dikio at all. Why will the Senate Committee become so fixated on Dikio that it descended to the arena of desperation with the threat of an arrest warrant? What are they looking for? The committee cannot feign ignorance of persons at the helm of affairs in amnesty office when the transaction took place”.
Marbo, appealed to the committee to allow the Interim Administrator concentrate and deliver his vision for PAP while adding the Interim Administrator should only be held accountable for his actions and inactions during his tenure.
Also, Niger Delta ex-militant leaders in a separate statement signed by Chairman, First Phase Ex-Agitators, Henry Binidodogha aka Egbema 1 and Chief Andabafa Namah aka Opunamah called on President Muhammadu Buhari to hold the Senate responsible should there be renewed hostilities in the Niger Delta