Presidential amnesty begins training of 400 ex-agitators

January 18, 2022 Joy Emmanuel 0

The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has commenced its special Train, Employ and Mentor (TEM) training programme with 400 ex-agitators. PAP’s Interim Administrator, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd) sent the pioneer delegates to the Bradama International Skills Work Limited in Agadagba-Obon, Ese-Odo local government area of Ondo state. Dikio, who inaugurated the programme, Monday, said the deployment was in line with Read More

Gumi: When silence is golden

September 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

Revered Islamic scholar, Sheik Ahmed Gumi, has continued to stir the hornet’s nest with his controversial statement on amnesty for bandits. Gumi, who times without number proved to be sympathetic to bandits and championing amnesty for them, has kicked against the current military aerial bombardment aimed at bringing an end to their nefarious activities. The bandits Gumi is calling on Read More

It’s too late, Matawalle reveals why he made u-turn on amnesty for bandits

September 11, 2021 Muhammad Sanusi, Gusau 0

Days after telecommunication network was cut off, Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle, has revealed that window of amnesty he gave bandits has expired. Matawalle said the decision became necessary after the bandits failed to embrace the peace initiative earlier extended to them by the state government. The governor who spoke on Friday after attending in Gusau, the state capital said, Read More

Banditry: Gumi’s position self serving, threat to national security- PGF boss

September 9, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Dr Salihu Lukman, has faulted the Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, for calling on the authorities to grant amnesty to bandits in the country. The APC chieftain said Gumi’s position was not only self serving but clearly a threat to national security. Lukman also applauded the role played by Chief Executive Read More

Notorious ex-militant, ‘general iron’ killed in Cross River

August 28, 2021 Joseph Obung, Calabar 0

Notorious ex-militant, Mr Thomas Obi Tawo, also known as ‘general’ Iron, who was given amnesty by the Cross River state government and appointed special adviser to Governor Ben Ayade on forest security, alias ‘general Iron,’ has been butchered in his country home, Oku-Bushuyu, in Boki local government area. Blueprint gathered that Tawo was killed by a vigilante group in his Read More

No previous govt developed Niger Delta like Buhari’s administration – APC group

August 24, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The All Progressives Congress Legacy Awareness and Campaign (APC-LAC), a voluntary think-tank group of the governing party, has said that no previous administration has paid more attention to the plight of the Niger Delta region like the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. The group assured that Buhari will not relent in the implementation of his vision of a safe, secure Read More

Prison congestion: Death warrants to the rescue?

August 13, 2021 Blueprint 0

In Nigeria over 3,000 condemned criminals are on death row awaiting the hangman even as the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, pushes for state governors to sign death warrants to decongest the prisons. In this report  KEHINDE OSASONA examines the possibility of decongesting Nigeria prisons by executing death warrants. Nigeria is among countries with the highest number of death Read More

Dikio to ex-agitators: Bring your business proposals, says no more contracts in PAP

August 9, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

The Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Col. Milland Dixon Diko (retd), has called on ex-agitators to develop business proposals and ideas capable of transforming them into successful entrepreneurs. A statement signed on Saturday by Dikio’s Special Adviser on Media, Nneotaobase Egbe, said the amnesty boss spoke in Uyo when he met with some leaders of first phase amnesty programme Read More

Monarch flees home as cult war claims 2 in Akwa Ibom community

July 21, 2021 Uko Etim 0

The wake of a supremacy battle between two rival cult groups has claimed no fewer than two persons at Udianga Enem community in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area (LGA) of Akwa Ibom state. Blueprint gathered that the village head, Josiah Udoekoriko, of the community fled his palace on Monday due to fierce war between members of Iceland confraternity and Debam Read More

PAP to train ex-agitators on effective communications

July 21, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has assembled experts to train ex-agitators and members of its Strategic Communication Committee (SCC) on skills required to change negative public perception about the Niger Delta region. A certified consultant in human behaviour, Collins Nwosu, a business improvement and communication coach, Barbara Lawrence and a Public Relations expert and journalist, Muyiwa Akintunde, were on Monday Read More

CDS to Dikio: You ‘ve made our job in Niger Delta easier

July 6, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

The Chief of Defence Staff, Major.-Gen Lucky Irabor, has appraised the leadership style of the interim administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd), saying he has made the job of security agencies in the Niger Delta easier. Irabor asked Dikio to establish partnership with the navy to enable the amnesty office take advantage of some of the Read More

370,000 Nigeria children smoke daily – WHO

June 2, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said 370,000 children in Nigeria smoke every day. WHO disclosed this as part of activities to mark this year’s World Tobacco Day, noting that a significant percentage of current adult smokers are influenced by movies. However, Nollywood celebrities, Omotola Jalade, Dakore Egbuson-Akande and Daniel Effiong have pledged to stop smoking scenes from movies as Read More

107 inmates now in Owerri correctional centre – Spokesman

April 13, 2021 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

There are 107 out of over 1,800 inmates who were at the Owerri correctional centre before Easter Monday’s unprecedented attack by unknown gunmen.The Public Relations Officer of the centre, J.C. Madugba, who dropped the hint said 72 escaped inmates eventually returned to join the 35 that did not escape on that day. He therefore, appealed to other inmates who are Read More