Buhari sacks Charles Dokubo, appoints Dikio as amnesty coordinator

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President Muhammadu Buhari has fired Charles Dokubo as coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme.

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, broke the news in a statement on Thursday, saying Milland Dikio (pictured) has been appointed as interim coordinator of the programme.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Col. Milland Dixion Dikio (rtd) as Interim Administrator (Amnesty Programme),” the statement read.

“This followed the President’s approval of the disengagement of Prof. Charles Quarker Dokubo from Office as the Coordinator, Amnesty Programme with immediate effect.

“Prof. Dokubo has been directed to hand over all official matters to the most senior officer of the Programme.

“President Buhari appreciated the services of Prof. Dokubo to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and wished him the best in his future endeavours.”

Prof. Charles Dokubo, Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme
Prof. Charles Dokubo, Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme

Buhari had suspended Dokubo in February, saying the action was in line with the recommendation of a caretaker committee set up to look into allegations and petitions against him.

The committee was asked to ensure that allocated resources are properly utilised in consonance with government’s objective of alleviating problems in the Niger Delta region.

The president also directed that the caretaker committee to review the programme and oversee it.

Dokubo had succeeded Paul Boroh, who was removed by the president in 2018, following allegations of corruption.

Before his appointment, Dokubo was director of research and studies at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA).

He holds a PhD in strategic studies from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom, and hails from Abonema, Akuku-Toru local government of Rivers state.

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