The Strategic Communication Committee (STRATCOM) of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has said that the recent report published by an online newspaper alleging massive looting at the Amnesty Office on the eve of an incoming administration, is a renewed attempt by enemies of the Niger Delta region to discredit the Interim Administrator, Maj-Gen. Barry Ndiomu (retd).
Chairman of STRATCOM, Nature Dumale Kigehe in a statement on Friday, said the misleading report like previous ones, was laced with falsehood and lies that could only have been concocted by those, who were unhappy with the glaring achievements of Ndiomu.
STRATCOM said such kind of reports can only be carried by questionable news platforms that are known for spreading falsehood, adding that the misleading and baseless report was sponsored by disgruntled elements who are not happy with the progress made by Ndiomu so far.
The committee said that it was not surprising that the fresh attack came few days after the launch of the Cooperative Scheme for ex-agitators, a milestone of the PAP under Ndiomu which “they never believed could happen”.
“The faceless group and its agents alleged that there was similar looting in other agencies of government but only mentioned PAP because of vested interest of their sponsors and collaborators”, Dumale said.
He further said that as a committee, they were privileged to know that at the moment, there is no fund available for payment of stipends for the month of May and other contractual obligations, thus, they wonder what was being looted as alleged.
While calling on the people of the Niger Delta region to ignore the smear campaign of persons, that had sworn never to see anything good in PAP, Dumale insisted that Ndiomu had been very transparent in all his activities including the recently launched Cooperative Scheme.
He urged the media not to allow betrayers use their platforms to carry out personal vendetta without due investigation, all in a failed attempt to mislead the incoming administration.