The management of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) says it has suspended two students from its scholarship scheme.
The affected students are: Messrs Patrick Ipidei and Papems Peter Etolor, and letters to that effect have been sent to their respective institutions of learning.
A statement by Special Assistant on Media to the Interim Administrator PAP Mr. Freston Akpor said Mr. Ipidei and Etolo had over time cultivated the habit of spreading falsehood and making spurious allegations against the management of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and its Interim Administrator, Maj-Gen. Barry Ndiomu (rtd).
The statement said the duo and their sponsors are instigating other scholarship students and ex-agitators under the PAP to carry out an unnecessary public protest to embarrass the management of the PAP.
According to the statement the sponsored public protest is being planned because of the spiteful rumour that the management of the PAP has stopped the ongoing amnesty scholarship scheme.
It notes that there is no iota of truth in the rumour, saying the scholarship scheme just like the contract awards were suspended because of an ongoing auditing exercise and will commence immediately the process is concluded.
The statement recalled that only last week, Ipidei and his team met a senior official of the PAP and the report of that meeting is receiving the needed attention and expressed concern over his intensified attack against the management of PAP.
“Because of their misconduct, the management of PAP has withdrawn the scholarship of Patrick Ipidei and Papems Peter Etolor with immediate effect,” the statement said.
It further warned that similar fate would befall any recalcitrant student that decides to go against the code of conduct relating to the sponsorship of their scholarship programme and urged students and ex agitators to use the right channels to register whatever grievances or concerns they may have.
The statement also reaffirmed the commitment of the management of PAP to ensuring best practices in the delivery of its mandate, saying it will not be distracted in any way by enemies of progress and agents of destabilization.