The Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Maj. Gen. Barry Ndiomu (retd), on Tuesday, said he would not be blackmailed into fraud in the amnesty programme.
He warned that those duly captured as PAP beneficiaries who were taking part in spreading false narratives would be dealt with by the extant laws of the PAP.
According to him, recent attacks from ex-agitators were being sponsored by faceless groups and individuals.
Ndiomu stated these in a statement on Tuesday evening shortly after briefing the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, on the activities of the PAP so far under his watch.
He said, “If you like, blackmail me to the heavens and back, I will not succumb to fraudulent activities.
We will ensure that we stand our ground to do what is right and just for our people, and vigorously pursue the intentions of the PAP.”
While recalling that in the past, ex-agitators have been used as conduit pipes to siphon monies illegally from the PAP, he urged contractors who have outstanding payments to follow due process in pursuing their cause, rather than spreading and sponsoring falsehood.
“We are aware that those fighting back are those who have issues with their BVNs. How can only one person be receiving monthly stipends on several accounts linked to a single BVN? There are hundreds of cases like that. That is how deadly corruption is. When you try to fight it, it fights back.
“We are aware that there are contractors who criminally connive with some staff of the PAP in the past to come up with bogus and fictitious contract sums. But my conscience will not allow me to soil my hands with such fraudulent operations. It’s not going to be business as usual,” he stated.
Ndiomu had in the past discouraged ex-agitators from depending on the monthly stipends of N65,000, saying they should look to more sustainable means of livelihood.
He said the overdependence on the stipends has introduced a culture of indolence and laziness among our youth.
Part of the measures to address this was the recent launch of a cooperative scheme to provide a platform and means of viably engaging the ex-agitators into a more productive venture.