Peter Aghogho, ex-militant leader, has come down hard against the Nigerian senate committee on public accounts over its move to frustrate the efforts of Col. Millard Dixon Dikkio (rtd), head of the presidential amnesty office over allegations of N10billion fraud.
Aghogho, who is president of Urhobo Youth Council in Abuja, told journalists that Senator Matthew Urhoghide, chairman of the senate committee on public accounts and his members are bent on frustrating the good work of the amnesty boss.
In a briefing held in Warri, the commercial hub of Delta state, Aghogho said the committee members should rather spend their energy on more serious issues than engaging in trivial matters that will not be of benefit to the committee members.
According to him, the action of the senate committee will rather destabilize and shift the focus of the amnesty boss from engaging in meaningful and productive ventures that will be of benefit to the good people of the Niger Delta region.
He insisted that it is unhealthy for the senate committee on public accounts to probe a man who was not involved in the administration that is being probed to give account on misappropriation of funds.
Emerald News reports that no fewer than 116 ex-agitators under the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) have been deployed for training in aircraft engineering, maintenance and other aviation services in line with the train, employ and mentor (TEM) model introduced by the Col. Milland Dikio administration.
The former agitator noted that Col. Dikio has run the affairs of the Presidential Amnesty Programme to the satisfaction of the ex–agitators in the region, hence there is no need attempting to frustrate his efforts to better the lives of the former warlords.
He said the amnesty boss pays the agitators their allowances regularly, just as he advised Senator Urhoghide and his team to allow peace to reign in the volatile oil rich region
Meanwhile, Aghogho has extended an appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari requesting for an extended tenure of office for Col. Milland Dikio. This is due to his sterling performance in the office within the period he held sway as head of the amnesty programme.