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‘Kuku Not Involved In Boyloaf’s Arrest’

‘Kuku Not Involved In Boyloaf’s Arrest’

The Presidential Amnesty Office has denied that its chairman had a hand in last Sunday’s arrest and detention of one of the leaders of former Niger Delta militants, Ebikabowei Victor-Ben (aka Boyloaf) and one other person over an incident at the arrival lounge of the domestic terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.

In a statement in Abuja on Thursday by Head, Media and Communications, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, the Amnesty Office said the incident that led to their arrest was misrepresented in some reports, which purported that the Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Kingsley Kuku, was involved in an altercation with Boyloaf at the Lagos airport.

The statement read, “The fact is that Kuku was nowhere near the airport at the time his Special Assistant (Special Duties), Mr. Henry Ugbolue, was attacked by Boyloaf and two others, which led to their arrest and detention by the police.

“For purposes of clarity, the unprovoked assault on Mr. Ugbolue had nothing to do with Mr. Kuku or the amnesty programme. The facts about the incident have been documented by men of the Nigeria Police at the Lagos State Command, Ikeja, where Boyloaf signed an undertaking before he was released on Sunday.”

He added that anyone claiming that he was using the police or the Inspector-General of Police to “derail the amnesty programme” had no reason to be afraid if they do not breach the laws of the country.

Kuku added, “Nobody can hide under a presumed protection of amnesty to commit crime and expect to be shielded. The amnesty programme is about rehabilitating and reintegrating an approved number of persons into normal society and not to shield them when they decide to commit crime. I’m a stickler to discipline and one who believes that the law must always take its course.”

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