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‘Osinbajo did not order sack of Presidential Amnesty worker’

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Vice President, Yemi Osinbanjo

The Presidency has dismissed allegation that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo ordered the sack of a woman working with Presidential Amnesty Programme.

The Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Quaker Dokubo made the disclaimer.

A newspaper report had allegedly carried the report, captioned, “Nigerian woman loses job after criticising Vice President Osinbajo online.” 

In the report published by an online news portal, PREMIUM TIMES, said Ms. Bolouere Opukiri made the allegation.

According to the report, she claimed to have been re-engaged as a staff of the Presidential Amnesty office after being sacked by Gen. Paul Boroh.

Boroh was the immediate past Special Adviser to the President and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme.

Opukiri claimed in the report published at the weekend, that after her re-engagement last month by a new outsourcing firm contracted by the Amnesty Office, Double Helix Nigeria Limited, she was asked to stop work within the first week. 

She alleged that Prof. Charles Dokubo, who succeeded Boroh barely two months ago “was asked to dismiss her again when he visited the State House early in May. 

“They told him that they were aware that I had been reinstated and he immediately took steps to get me fired once again to avoid offending the presidency,” the report claimed.

But reacting in a statement yesterday in Abuja, the Special Assistant Media to the Special Adviser to the President and Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, Murphy Ganagana, described the allegation as “a wicked and mischievous falsehood.”

He said: “It was fabricated by an attention-seeking interloper who does not deserve to be glorified with a response, but for the blatant lies she concocted to mislead undiscerning members of the public.”

To put the records straight, Ganagana said, Opukiri is unknown to the Amnesty Office, as she was never documented either as a civil servant seconded to the office, or engaged as a contract staff by the current management of Amnesty Programme. 


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