The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has dismissed a circulation that there will be a formal meeting at the PAP office with ex-agitators whose stipends payments were suspended due to Bank Verification Number (BVN) irregularities.
PAP dismissed the purported meeting in a Press release signed by Freston Akpor,
SA Media to the Interim Administrator, Major Gen. Barry Tariye Ndiomu.
The statement stressed that the issue of multiple accounts tied to single BVNs by some beneficiaries is currently being investigated by the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and the outcome of the investigation will resolve all matters.
PAP therefore warns that anyone or group embarking on such meeting does so at their own risk as it is not authorized by the office.
“The attention of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has been drawn to a widely circulated message urging ex-agitators whose stipends payments were suspended due to Bank Verification Number (BVN) irregularities, to assemble at the PAP office for a formal meeting.
“The PAP hereby states that it is not aware of the purported meeting and strongly advices the affected ex-agitators to ignore any such message. In this regard, all concerned ex-agitators are reminded that the PAP is a national security programme and as beneficiaries, they are expected to eschew actions capable of jeopardizing the country’s security. This is the more imperative given the nation’s current political climate.
“Accordingly, the PAP hereby warns that anyone embarking on such unauthorized disruptive assembly, does so at their own risk and would have themselves to blame if apprehended. As have been stressed through various channels, the situation around the multiple accounts tied to single BVNs borders on financial crimes and matter is currently being investigated by the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). Recently, executives of the affected banks were invited by the ONSA to explain their involvement in the matter due to its legal and national security ramifications.
“The PAP office is awaiting the outcome of this ongoing investigation and would resolve the matter thereafter and on the directives of the NSA,” the statement read.
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