The Office of the Interim Admisniatrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), has reitrated that findings that will proceed from the ongoing investigation of multiple accounts of ex-agitaors linked to one BVN, will determine the fate of beneficiaries that are protesting.
This is following a protest by ex-agitators who gathered at the premises of the National Assembly on Tuesday to express displeasure over the stoppage of their monthly N65,000 stipends, which the PAP office said was necessitated by issues surrounding BVNs.
While addressing journalists on Tuesday, Mr. Freston Akpor, Media Aide to the PAP Interim Administrator, disclosed that names of all those involved in the BVN fraud have been forwarded to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) for investigations.
PAP also blamed bank officials who collude with ex-agitaors to aid the “financial crime” and multiple accounts.
“So investigation is ongoing and honestly I must tell you there is nothing the Presidential Amnesty Programme can do now over this matter until the investigation is concluded and then the ONSA will take a decision on what to do.
“This is a financial crime that is why the ONSA is investigating the matter. The policy is one name, one BVN. But in a situation where you have more than 30 names linked to one BVN, it becomes an issue.
“We discovered that 513 names were linked to 1370 accounts. And these are the people who have cases to answer. As it stands those who are protesting are the people who fall within those who have multiple accounts linked to their BVN,” Freston explained.
Concerning the “gentleman agreement” whereby leaders of the ex-agitaors will receive monies in bulk to pay their boys, he said “it is these same boys, so-called beneficiaries, who have also come to complain that when the money is collected by this so-called leaders, the money doesn’t trickle down to them.”
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