The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has warned of potential legal action against individuals who choose to tarnish the reputation of PAP and its Interim Administrator, Major General Barry Ndiomu (rtd).
In a statement conveyed by Freston Akpor, Senior Assistant on Media, PAP also urged the media to exercise caution when reporting press releases or statements made by individuals or groups that aim to defame others, especially the Amnesty Programme. The statement emphasizes that media outlets could also be entangled in legal actions.
The statement was issued in response to a press conference led by an individual named Iko, who urged anti-graft and related agencies to investigate PAP on allegations of corruption and fraudulent activities in fund disbursement to the PAP Cooperative.
Among the allegations raised by Iko was the claim that “certain staff members in the office are receiving substantial sums for monthly operational expenses.”
Akpor’s response counters these allegations. “The monetary figures mentioned are fabricated by the individual making these claims, who seems to have ulterior motives and seeks to exploit the media for malicious purposes known only to them.”
“These accusations are not only untrue but also lack foundation, constituting a deliberate effort to initiate another round of character assassination against the Interim Administrator and his committed management team, both from internal and external sources.”
“PAP has investigated the alleged individual behind these claims and found no notable person associated with that name or identity. The media is thus advised to exercise caution and avoid providing platforms for personalities using aliases to disseminate or publish such deceitful information, as this could lead to possible legal repercussions.”
“As a program with national security implications, PAP, under the leadership of General Ndiomu, has consistently adhered to ethical standards and transparency in fulfilling its mission of maintaining peace and stability in the Niger Delta region.”
“In light of this, PAP urges security agencies to apprehend those spreading falsehoods to undermine peace in the region. Additionally, PAP is prepared to take legal action against individuals who employ such deceptive tactics to slander the program’s chief executive and diligent staff members.”