Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme: Buhari Removes Dokubo, Appoints Dikio

The president has disengaged Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo as Coordinator of the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme, replacing him with Colonel Milland Dixion Dikio (rtd) as Interim Administrator with effect from 21st August 2020. Colonel Dikio, who is a seasoned negotiator, Crisis Manager and diplomat, retired in 2004 after a brilliant career as a professional. In a press statement today, the State House disclosed that professor Dokubo has been directed to hand over all official matters to the next most senior officer in the Programme.



President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Col. Milland Dixion Dikio (rtd) as Interim Administrator (Amnesty Programme) with effect from August 21, 2020.

This followed the President’s approval of the disengagement of Prof. Charles Quarker Dokubo from Office as the Coordinator, Amnesty Programme with immediate effect.

Prof. Dokubo has been directed to hand over all official matters to the most senior officer of the Programme.

President Buhari appreciated the services of Prof. Dokubo to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and wished him the best in his future endeavours.

This is arguably one of the fallout from the President’s interest in seeing to the solutions plaguing the development of the Niger Delta despite the immense resources being directed to the oil-rich region of the country.

Recall that Switch Nigeria had reported that the president Muhammadu Buhari had vowed that he will get to the bottom of the problems plaguing the development of the Niger Delta despite the huge amount of funds being expended by the Federal Government. Follow this link to read it.

Colonel Milland Dixion Dikio, Interim Administrator, Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme. Picture credit:

Colonel Dikio (rtd) hails Mbiama – Engenni, Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State. He is noted for his high standard of discipline, excellence, and integrity.

Among various others, he attended African Centre for Strategic Studies (ACSS), National Defence University, Washington DC, 1st Sub-Regional Senior Leadership Seminar on Preventing Conflict in West Africa, Accra Ghana Aug 20-24,2001 and Exercise Combined Endeavor, US – European Command (EUCOM), Ramstein Germany May 16-24,2001.

Colonel Dikio, who has great flare for languages, was a Resource Expert – Terrorism Curriculum Review Seminar, ACSS Washington DC, Dec 03-07,2001 and Participant – The Role of Sub-Regional Organizations in the Prediction and Prevention of Conflict, French War College Paris France May 15-June 15, 2002. His appointments include: Instructor NDA, Staff officer Administration, Headquarters 21 Armoured Brigade, General Staff Officer Internal Security, Army Headquarters and Military Assistant to The Chief of Training, Operations and Plans, Defence Headquarters

He was posted to the elite Nigerian Army Armored Corps on commission as a Second Lieutenant effective Jan 03, 1977. He is a seasoned professional who held command, diplomatic, staff and teaching appointments.

He was decorated with ECOMOG, OAU and UN Peacekeeping medals. His conflict resolution credentials were honed and tested during his numerous field engagements and policy advisory roles at both local and international levels.

Sources: State House Abuja, with additional resources from

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  1. Plz try to remember does that not amnesty empowerment in Niger Delta, I mean the jobless one of the state that barely got food for one day to survive thanks

    • Yes Festus. I’m of the opinion that if part of the Amnesty package is directed at training the ones who were not involved in the “insurrection” in the first place, it will go a long way to reduce joblessness.
      Although there are few training programs and scholarship, the money put into this amnesty is massive, and can help create a few budding local economies in different ways.