Port Harcourt—A notable Niger Delta youth leader, Comr. Sokari Goodboy Sokari has described the reported plans by the Senate Committee on Public Accounts to issue a warrant of arrest on the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd) as preposterous and laughable.
Sokari wondered why Dikio should be queried and vilified for a 2018 report made by the Auditor General of the Federation concerning billions of naira allegedly paid into a single person’s account in the 2015 fiscal year.
“We all know Colonel Dikio was not in office when the said transaction took place so the plan by the Senator Matthew Urhoghide-led committee is preposterous and laughable.
“Those who did the investigation know the owner of the said account, so they should report the person to the anti-graft agencies for arrest and possible prosecution, and not for the Senate to be inviting Dikio for something he clearly does not know of.
“It is not the statutory duty of Dikio, as interim administrator, to investigate graft issues that were said to have occurred before his appointment. The EFCC and ICPC are there to do such work,” Sokari said in a statement made available to NAIJA LIVE TV on Tuesday.
The youth leader insisted that the recent plan by the senators is to harass and arm-twist the amnesty boss, with the hope that he will call to pacify them.
In his word: “The senators know exactly what they are doing. Their intention is to intimidate him to have a backyard settlement, despite knowing he has absolutely nothing to do with the said transaction.
“These are the same federal lawmakers who passed the electoral bill that barred them from voting in party primaries. They are still crying after shooting themselves in the foot. So one can’t take them seriously. And we are used to their antics.
“However, we will not allow them to intimidate and derail our godsent interim administrator who has performed above par and stabilized the hitherto volatile Niger Delta region.
“Dikio is the best we have had so far in that office and we won’t allow anybody to distract him in his quest to stabilize and attract development to our region.”
Sokari, therefore, advised the Senate committee on public accounts to “go after the said corrupt officials, whether they are in office or not, and stop threatening our son and leader who President Muhammadu Buhari in his wisdom appointed to salvage the region.”
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