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Ex-Amnesty Boss, Kingley Kuku To Appear Before EFCC



Nigeria’s anti graft body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Friday invited the immediate past Special Adviser on Amnesty Programme, Dr. Kingsley Kuku, for interrogation on the finances of the agency.
Kuku, who resigned a few weeks ago, is expected to report to the EFCC on July 28 to respond to allegations bordering on embezzlement and fraudulent diversion of funds running into hundreds of millions of naira.
A top source in the EFCC said: “We have invited Kuku for interaction with our team of investigators looking into issues on the management of the Amnesty Programme.
“We have isolated the allegations but when he comes around, we will have the full picture of what transpired.
“The truth is that the Amnesty Programme had some challenges even before Kuku left the system.”
Some of the allegations against Kuku are as follows:
Inclusion of many undeserving people on the beneficiary list of the Amnesty Programme
Circumstances surrounding how 2000 Amnesty Programme beneficiaries became stranded    abroad
Over-bloated training contracts without adding value to the Amnesty Programme
Huge bills on all-expense international and local trips in private jets
Operation of an expensive office in the United Kingdom
Responding to a question, the top EFCC source added: “Kuku is also aware that since 2013, a group, Niger Delta Awareness Coalition & Ex Militants Leaders Forum had joined issues with him on the management of the Amnesty Programme.
“In one of the issues raised before ex-President Jonathan, the group alleged mismanagement of billions of naira of earmarked for the development of the Niger Delta.
“They also alleged that Niger Delta youths were shipped away to unaccredited training and educational institutions across most of the Third World.”
The source added: “Our job as an anti-graft agency is to look into some of these allegations and find out the veracity or otherwise.
“By inviting Kuku, it does not mean he is guilty of the allegations against him. If there is nothing against Kuku, he will be given a clean bill of health. If otherwise, he will face trial.”

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