ICPC Arraigns Dropped Board Nominee Over Alleged N5m Bribe

The embattled former Chairman of the Governing Council of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Dr. Saadu Ayinla Alanamu, has been charged to court.

Alanamu was dropped as a nominee into the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), over his alleged collection of N5million bribe from contractor.

Arraigned with him is the Chief Executive Director of Namylas Nig. Ltd, Salman Sulaiman.

The two suspects are facing eight-count charge before Justice Mahmud Abdul Gafar of the Kwara State High Court 7, Ilorin.

A statement by the Spokesperson for ICPC, Mrs. Rasheedat A. Okoduwa, said the charge sheet indicated that Alanamu, who was also the Chairman of the Kwara State Polytechnic Tenders Board, allegedly collected N5million bribe from a contractor Salman Sulaiman as a kickback for the award of a contract.

The statement said: “The counsel to ICPC, Sunny Ezeana, told the court that Dr. Alanamu received the bribe money through his First Bank account on 11th February 2015 from Namylas Nig. Ltd, a company owned by Sulaiman who is also his friend.

”The court heard that Alanamu ensured that the contract for the construction and furnishing of an auditorium in Kwara State Polytechnic, at the cost of N182, 369, 625.00, was awarded to Namylas Nig. Ltd, even when it was found that the company was not qualified to execute the contract.

”ICPC’s investigation into the petition revealed strong evidence of collusion, bid rigging and corrupt practices against Namylas Nig Ltd in the bid process.

“The company used falsified, forged and doctored PENCOM Compliance Certificate, Tax Clearance Certificate and ITF Certificate of Compliance to submit its bid during the bidding process.

”Sulaiman on his part, was accused of bribing a government official when he paid N5 million through a Guarantee Trust Bank account to Alanamu, as a reward for the award of contract to his company, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 9(1) (a) and punishable under Section 9(1) (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

”Their offenses are also in violation of Sections 8 (1) (a), 10(a) (i), 18 (b), 19 and 22(1) (a) (i) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under the aforementioned sections.

”The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to them.

“The trial judge, Justice Abdul Gafar then granted them bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum each; and that one of the sureties for each of them must have a landed property in Ilorin.

”The matter was then adjourned to 12th October 2017 for a pre-trial hearing in line with Section 3 of the Kwara State High Court Practice Direction, 2013, after which a new date for trial would be set.”

Following petitions, the presidency had on August 6 dropped Alanamu and Maimuna Aliyu as board members of ICPC.

A tweet by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande said: “We are stepping down two of the new ICPC board nominees who have ongoing investigation issues with the commission as this presents a conflict.

“While the existence of allegations or petitions against someone shouldn’t necessarily disqualify them from considerations for appointments, this case presents a peculiarity as we have confirmed that the agency in which they are to serve is indeed investigating the two of them.

“A basic check showed no court convictions against them; but when weighty petitions come up, this administration will always do the right thing.”

N34bn Bailout Fund: Why ICPC Absolved Osun Govt Of Diversion

By Ismaeel Uthman

The dismissal of the petition against Governor Rauf Aregbesola by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over the alleged diversion of the N34.9 billion given to Osun State by the Federal Government has been attributed to the failure of those making the allegation to substantiate any of the claims.

The ICPC absolved the state government of any diversion of the fund, saying no fraction of the petition was substantiated, thereby making it to lack in merit.

The Federal Government had in 2015 given all the states in Nigeria, the fund to settle outstanding salaries and allowances of their workers being owed by about 27 states due to the drop in allocation to states, owing to corruption, oil theft and drop in the prices of crude oil.

A pressure group in the state, the Coalition of Civil Societies for the Emancipation of the People of Osun State had subsequently petitioned the ICPC, accusing Governor Rauf Aregbesola of diverting the bailout fund released to the state.

But the ICPC had in a letter referenced ICPC/INV/GBP/SG.2/520 and dated August 24, 2017, cleared the state government, saying, the bailout fund was actually expended on payment of salaries and pension of both the state and local government workers and the cadets of the Osun State Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES).

The letter, addressed to the Secretary of the State Government was sent with the heading, “Re: Request for probe on diversion and possible misuse of Salary Bailout Fund of Osun State. Save the Soul of Workers and Pensioners in Osun State”.

The letter was signed by the Head of Department of Investigation, Adebayo A. Kayode.

It reads in part, “The above case bordering on diversion and misuse of bailout fund and allowance to effect the full payment of all outstanding salaries, allowances, pensions and gratuities owed to Osun State civil servants and retirees contrary to the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) Act 2000 was reported to the commission and same had been investigated conclusively with no fraction substantiated.

“A sum of N34,988,999,000 was released to the State of Osun on 31st August, 2015 which was expended on the payment of salaries, civil pensions, OYES cadets stipend and allowances and local government salaries and pension.

“In view of paragraph 2 above, it is clear that the bailout fund was not diverted but utilised for its original purpose, therefore, the commission has set aside the case for lack of merit.”

Reacting to the letter, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa said apart from being vindicated on the allegation, the ICPC has also confirmed the financial prudence, accountability and sincerity of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

Baderinwa urged those he described as bizzy body and political sponsored pressure groups to desist from writing unnecessary petitions against Aregbesola on the platform lies and fabricated stories just to suit their paymasters.

He opined that the security and anti-graft agencies should be prosecuting groups or individuals submitting frivolous petitions to them for political purposes like the dismissed petition against Aregbesola.

EDITORIAL: Bailout Funds: Osun Government Vindicated

In a very tight operating fiscal climate, oil producing, landlocked state of Osun has not only held its own, it has punched above its weight. Vindication for Governor Aregbesola’s financial prudence has now come from the Independent Corrupt practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).

The reaction to the allegations of funds diversion made against the government of the State of Osun was unambiguous. The ICPC in a letter referenced ICPC/INV/GBP/SG.2/520 and dated August 24, 2017, cleared the state government, saying, the bailout fund was actually expended on payment of salaries and pension of both the state and local government workers and the cadets of the Osun State Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES).

The letter, addressed to the Secretary of the State Government was sent with the heading, “Re: Request for probe on diversion and possible misuse of Salary Bailout Fund of Osun State. Save the Soul of Workers and Pensioners in Osun State” and was signed by the Head of Department of Investigation, Adebayo A. Kayode.

It reads in part, “The above case bordering on diversion and misuse of bailout fund and allowance to effect the full payment of all outstanding salaries, allowances, pensions and gratuities owed to Osun State civil servants and retirees contrary to the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) Act 2000 was reported to the commission and same had been investigated conclusively with no fraction substantiated.

“A sum of N34,988,999,000 was released to the State of Osun on 31st August, 2015 which was expended on the payment of salaries, civil pensions, OYES cadets stipend and allowances and local government salaries and pension.

“In view of paragraph 2 above, it is clear that the bailout fund was not diverted but utilised for its original purpose, therefore, the commission has set aside the case for lack of merit.”

This is a fulsome public relations endorsement for the state of Osun government as one can get. We take it that the original enquiry by the Coalition of Civil Societies for the Emancipation of the People of Osun State was not born out of mischief. This means that with the clarification from the ICPC, they should come out with a very reigning endorsement of the fiscal prudence of the state of Osun government.

It must also be noted that it has taken great managerial sagacity for the state of Osun government to have continued its much lauded social intervention programmes in a season of stress. That the federal government is now using the template of the State of Osun for its own programmes says it all.

We have no alternative than to give full marks to the fiscal prudence of the Governor of the State of Osun has he continues to use his vast expertise to steer the ship of state through turbulent waters caused by a nationwide economic down turn and hampered by Nigeria’s debilitating quasi-federalism.

ICPC Absolves Osun Govt on Diversion of Bailout Fund Allegation

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) has absolved Osun State Government on the allegation that it diverted and misused the bailout fund released to it by the Federal Government in 2015.

According to the ICPC in a letter referenced ICPC/INV/GBP/SG.2/520 and dated August 24, 2017, the bailout was actually expended on payment of salaries and pension of both the state and local government workers and the cadets of the Osun State Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES).

It would be recalled that a pressure group in the state, the Coalition of Civil Societies for the Emancipation of the People of Osun State had petitioned the ICPC, accusing Governor Rauf Aregbesola of diverting the bailout fund released to the state in 2015.

But the ICPC in the letter addressed to the Secretary of the State Government said no fraction of the petition was substantiated, thereby making it to lack in merit.

The letter was sent with the heading “Re: Request for probe on diversion and possible misuse of Salary Bailout Fund of Osun State. Save the Soul of Workers and Pensioners in Osun State.”
The letter was signed by the Head of Department of Investigation, Adebayo A. Kayode.

It reads in part: “The above case bordering on diversion and misuse of bailout fund and allowance to effect the full payment of all outstanding salaries, allowances, pensions and gratuities owed to Osun State civil servants and retires contrary to the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) Act 2000 was reported to the commission and same had been investigated conclusively with no fraction substantiated.

“A sum of N34, 988, 999, 000.00 was release to the Osun State on 31th August 2015 which was expended on the payment of salaries, civil pensions, OYES cadets stipend and allowances and local government salaries and pension.
“In view of paragraph 2 above, it is clear that the bailout fund was not diverted but utilized for it original a purpose, therefore, the commission has set aside the case for lack of merit.”

Reacting to the letter, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa said apart from being vindicated on the allegation, the ICPC has also confirmed the financial prudence, accountability and sincerity of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

Baderinwa urged those he described as busy body and political sponsored pressure groups to desist from writing unnecessary petitions against Aregbesola on lies and fabricated stories just to suit their paymasters.

He opined that the security and anti-graft agencies should be prosecuting groups or individuals submitting frivolous petitions to them for political purposes like the dismissed petition against Aregbesola.

Attempt By Fake Doctor, ‘George Davidson’ To Blackmail, Malign NCDC Country Director, Prof Abdulsalam Exposed

Attempt by one Martins Ugwu Okpe, who has been impersonating as a medical doctor to blackmail the country coordinator of the National Centre for Disease Control has met a brick wall and landed him in police net.

According to investigations, Martins Okpe, a fake medical doctor has for the past nine years been impersonating with the certificate of one Dr. George Davidson which he used in securing employment with the Federal Ministry of Health.

Apart from the impersonation, the fake medical doctor is said to be in the habit of blackmailing top government appointees, especially those he suspects to have skeletons in their cupboard to curry favours for himself. Luck however ran out on him when he tried to blackmail the NCDC Country Director, Prof Abdulsalam Nasidi.

Professor Abdulsalam is a physician with more than 32 years of experience in clinical medicine, public health, virology and the development of vaccines and biological products. He retired as a Director, Special Duties, in the Federal Ministry of Health and was later appointed the Country Coordinator, National Centre for Disease Control as well as the Acting Executive Director of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Surveillance and Disease Control Centre (RCDC).
Martins Okpe, the fake doctor posing as George Davidson, had approached Professor Abdulsalam requesting to share with him part of the fund committed to the containment of Ebola virus in Nigeria. His claim is that a certain percentage of the N1,992,548,500.00 (one billion, nine hundred and ninety-two thousand, five hundred forty eight thousand, naira) approved by the Federal Government for the fight against Ebola was embezzled by the Professor and some others, and so requested to share in the money or make it public.

Convinced that no such money was embezzled from the Ebola fund, Professor Abdulsalam called the bluff of the fake doctor and dared him to go public with his allegation. But Okpe, rather than reporting the alleged embezzlement to the appropriate authority petitioned the police alleging threat to life.

In the petition written on his behalf by the chambers of Festus Keyamo, Martins Okpe (George Davidson) claimed that he is being threatened and in deep fear of elimination from the face of earth together with members of his family by Professor Abdulsalam, Mr. John Akintunde, Dr. Obasanya Joshua, whom he claimed embezzled certain percentage of the 1,992,548,500.00 released by the FG for the fight against Ebola.

However, the outcome of the investigation carried out by the police reveals the contrary as the investigative report reveals that the petitioner’s claim was a desperate attempt to frustrate investigation of his alleged qualification as a Medical Doctor.

According to Police investigation, Martins Okpe (George Davidson) was a purported medical doctor who was in the employment of the Federal Ministry of Health for over nine years before he was discovered to be an imposter.

In the report dated 11th January 2016, with reference number CR: 3000/K/LEG/FHQ/ABJ/vol6/190 addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, the police said Martins Ugwu Okpe has been impersonating as one Dr. George Davidson an acclaimed staff of the Federal Ministry of Health.

“That a careful scrutiny of the petitioner’s allegations could not reveal any fact to establish a case of threat to his life or any staff of the Federal Ministry of Health by Mr. John Akintunde Kahinde, Dr. Nasidi Abdusalam, Mr. Linus Awute and Dr. Obasanya Joshua but rather his claim of assault a desperate attempt to frustrate investigation of his alleged qualification as a Medical Doctor.”

The report further stated that; “the allegation of fraud levelled against the suspects couldn’t be substantiated and even the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) which equally investigated same allegation could not substantiate them.”

Furthermore, the Police hinted that rather the petitioner was; “able to fraudulently secure admission for a Professional Master’s Degree Progamme at the Nigeria Center for Disease Control tagged *Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training (NFELTP)which is a postgraduate program affiliated to the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, with the connivance of Dr. Akin Oye Makinde, the coordinator of the program.”

“That copies of the academic records of the petitioner retrieved from the Faculty of Medicine of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria contained a passport size photograph that bear no resemblance of him but that of one Dr. George Daniel Davidson on residency training at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital Jos, Plateau State.”

Exposing more on the fake Medical Doctor, the report further stated; “that Dr. George Daniel Davidson on residency training at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital Jos, Plateau State and the actual owner of the certificate being used by the petitioner revealed the true identity of the petitioner as Martins Ugwu Okpeh and not Dr. George Davidson as claimed.”

“The man with the true identity as Martins Ugwu Okpeh has confessed that he stole the certificate of Dr. George Daniel Davidson with which he used to secure employment with Federal Civil Service as a Medical Doctor and subsequently posted to Federal Ministry of Health Abuja in 2006.”

In the light of its findings, the police concluded that “Martins Ugwu Okpe’s allegation of threat to life and fraud against the suspects are false, misleading, malicious and a ploy to thwart investigation into his criminal activities by the Federal ministry of health. He has since been charged to court for stealing the Academic Credentials of r. George Davidson and impersonation in accordance with the law.

But while the police investigation as contained in its report has been able to establish the criminal activities of Martins Okpe, the fake doctor is unrelenting in his resolve to tarnish the image of Professor Abdulsalam. His new song is that he is been witch-hunted for blowing the whistle on the alleged embezzlement. Sources said he has vowed to bring down Professor Abdulsalam at all cost.

This medium learnt that some suspected assassins invaded the home of Professor Abdulsalam, located on Cairo Street in Wuse II, Abuja on the 25th July, 2017. The suspected assassins who came into the house at about 9pm same day however met the absence of the professor and left without taking any item from the house.

Although, there are no confirmation as to who may be responsible, sources said Martins Ugwu Okpe is the number one suspect as he is said to have been seen lurking around the home of the Professor days before the hoodlums came calling. A text message he also sent to the Professor on the 8th and 9th of July, 2017 asking the professor to sell his house to him is  suspicious evidence as to his involvement in the invasion of the assassins.

In one of the text message as contained in the document below, Martins Okpe (George Davidson), whose telephone number is quoted to be 09093639356 said to the Professor, “I want to buy your property in wuse 2. How much will you offer it to me? ASAP pls. Dr Davidson.”

Efforts to reach Mr Martins Okpe to get his own side of the story proved abortive as he is said to be in detention and facing criminal prosecution for stealing the Academic Credentials of Dr George Davidson and impersonation.

Okpe was accused of stealing certificates ‎of exemption of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level), all belonging to Daniel Davidson George.

Below are documents of the police report on the investigation carried out on Martins Okpe (George Davidson), the letter from the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), exonerating Professor Abdulsalam and the print out of the text messages Martins Okpe sent to the Professor.

NECO Records 1.2 Million Cheats In Seven Years

 The National Examination Council (NECO) has said 1,283,485 candidates committed examination malpractice during the Senior School Certificate Examination from 2010 to 2016.

A total of 7,410,030 candidates sat for NECO examinations during the same period.

The Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of NECO, Prof. Charles Uwakwe, said this in Abuja, on Thursday, during an event organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission.

Uwakwe, who was represented by Dr. Ikechukwu Anyanwu, disclosed that 2010 had the highest number of exam malpractice cases, with 577,139 recorded while the lowest was in 2014 with a total of 34,744.

“Recently, we realised that some of these supervisors allow phones and they are used in taking pictures of question papers and then the candidates send the pictures straight to websites and before you say ‘Jack Robson’, the website would have solved the questions and then they return the answers to them.

“All that is needed to write the NECO exam is N11,350 but many schools charge between N30,000 and N50,000. What do you do with the rest of the money? They call it administrative fee and all kinds of things and yet we get N11,350.

“You go to schools during an examination and the principal will insist that those who haven’t paid school fees will not write exams unless they pay and we insist that we have no contractual agreement with schools,” he said.

ICPC Recovers N8.7b From Bank And others

The Chairman of the  Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission(ICPC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, yesterday confirmed the recovery of N8, 705, 750, 426.15 from Infrastructure Bank and other five sources in 2016.
He said of the funds about N6billion was frozen in the bank alone.
He also said the commission received 1,569 petitions last year, filed 70 cases and secured 11 convictions.
Nta, who made the disclosures at news conference in Abuja, said about 303 criminal cases were still ongoing.
He said: “In 2016, we were able to recover N8, 705, 750, 426.15 including about N6billion which was frozen in Infrastructure Bank. Also, out of the total amount, N668 593, 621. 60 was refunded  to Kano State from SURE-P funds; we have about N292, 013, 150.64 in TSA and N1, 694, 397, 275. 51 pension monies paid to Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Company (NELMCO) beneficiaries and others.
“The recoveries include N20, 890,000 for NSITF Multi-purpose Cooperative Society and the balance of recovery is for extorted students of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and other victims.
“About 124 vehicles were recovered under the SURE-P Programme last year. We have handed over 40 of the vehicles, which we retrieved from some directors,  to the Federal Ministry of Water Resources on January 26. Part of what we are doing is  to escalate the recovery process this year.
“Also, 42 fake corps members in full uniform were all picked up here in Abuja. We have to bring their parents for ‘graduation’ in Abuja before we released them.
“We want to appeal to Ministries Departments and Agencies(MDAs) to be careful because these fake corps members no longer go to NYSC camps again to avoid being caught. They now post themselves to MDAs.
Nta, who gave update on the petitions sent to ICPC in 2016, claimed that North-Central(including the Federal Capital Territory)   topped the chart with 782 .
The breakdown of petitions from other geopolitical zones is as follows: Southwest(295); Southsouth(201); Northwest(118);  Southeast (106); Northeast (62); the United Kingdom(4) and the United States(1).
Asked of what has become of the alleged investigation of some  governors, Nta  said he was shocked to be reading stories with some figures ascribed to ICPC.
“We saw some media reporting that we had completed the investigation of 30 governors in the past. We also wake up to read reports about ourselves quoting sources.
“Section 64 of the Corrupt Practices Act does not allow the publishing of those facts until we are in court. It is in the court you draw such inferences.
“Of recent, a medium reported that we have placed all Permanent Secretaries on watch-list by quoting sources. Yet, the medium said the story was from ICPC.
Nta explained why ICPC had been focusing on preventive measures.
He said: “While the full weight of the law must be brought against corrupt persons, it is crucial that in addition, anti-corruption efforts be focused on prevention through systems reform and reduction of opportunity for corruption.
“The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offence Commission  (ICPC) in fulfillment of its mandate at Section 6(b-d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000, vigorously pursues systems reform to deliberately and consciously  shut the door against illicit activities.
“We not only identify corruption-prone processes, practices and procedures in government agencies but work with them to institutionalize corruption-free processes and enforce compliance. There are ongoing collaborations to strengthen the ethical tone of Ministries, Departments and Agencies through Anti-corruption and Transparency  Units (ACTUs).”

 

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Security Operatives Seal Off House Appropriation Committee Secretariat

The Clerk of the Committee on Appropriation, Dr. Abel Ochigbo, and his staff could not access the secretariat of the committee yesterday as security agents prevented them from doing so.

Yesterday’s development followed the face off between the Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, and the erstwhile Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Jibrin Abdulmumin, over allegations of budget padding leveled by the latter against the speaker, key leaders of the House and some committee chairmen.

The denial of access implied that the Secretariat of the committee may have been sealed off as claimed by Abdulmumin through his twitter handle earlier on Saturday.
Abdulmumin had accused Speaker Dogara of ordering the computers in the Committee’s secretariat be moved to his office in a view to tapering with evidence.

The lawmaker had also alleged that there was an attempt to break into his office, Rm 1.05.
In one of his tweets on Saturday, he said: “On the request of my lawyers, the security agencies have promptly provided protection for the appropriation secretariat, my office and house.”

Ochigbo, fielding questions from journalists, said contrary to his claim, no computer or document in the secretariat had been removed. He also said that the secretariat had not been sealed as claimed.

But attempt by him to access the secretariat at about 4.30pm on Saturday so as to prove that it had not been sealed failed as security operatives denied him access.
“Nothing is wrong with the secretariat, everything is intact in the secretariat.

The thinking is that the status quo should be maintained. Of course I can’t instruct them to open the doors by force. So please bear with us because instead of keeping you here I feel I should make this statement. They are safeguarding the office,” he told journalist after he was prevented from accessing the secretariat.

Ochigbo also claimed that no staff had been harassed to intimidated.
In a letter addressed to the Acting Clerk of the National Assembly, he further said: “I write to confirm that the committee secretariat is intact and has not been threatened in any way. All records are also in tact and safe. Both hardware and software, in addition, our archival set up is properly kept and in order.

Furthermore, no staff in the secretariat of the committee has been subjected to any form of threat, intimidation or harassment from any quarter whatsoever. Any such reports along the lines of the above allegations should therefore be totally disregarded.”
Earlier the Chairman of the Appropriation Commitee, Hon. Mustapha Dawaki, told journalists that all the documents in the secretariat were intact, including computer hardware and software.

But as the budget saga continue to rage, Abdulmumin has not shown any sign that he would back down. At the weekend, he released several tweets threatening to disclose further details to buttress the allegations he made against the speaker and other key officers of the House. One of the tweets reads: “I will share with you the contents of my petition to the EFCC and ICPC in due course & shall return more shocking revelations…”

He noted that this was a defining moment in the struggle to cleanse the House and the first time a member would drag 12 of his colleagues to anti-graft agencies.

Apart from the speaker, deputy speaker, whip and minority whip, others listed in his petition to the EFCC and ICPC, according to him, include Chairman House Committee on Interior, Hon. Jagaba Adams; Chairman House Services Committee, Hon. Babanle Ila; Chairman Committee on Power, Hon. Dan Asuquo; Chairman Committee on Marine Transport, Hon. Mohammed Bago; Chairman Committee on Police, Hon. Haliru Jika; Chairman Committee on FCT, Hon. Herma Hembe; Chairman Committee on Higher Education, Hon. Zakari Mohammed; and Chairman Committee on Health, Hon. Chike Okafor.

Abdumumin said the case against them ranges from corrupt enrichment, abuse of office and public trust, living above means and massive movement of funds in budget. In another tweet, the lawmaker said: “I am confident that the EFCC and ICPC will effect the arrest of Speaker Dogara and the 11 others to commence prosecution in earnest.”

Insinuating that the speaker was using his office for personal gain, Abdulmumin in yet another tweet said: “Speaker Dogara has resorted to blame of so-called external forces, are those forces responsible for moving FG projects to his farm?”
Abdulmumin further alleged that a duplex in highbrow Panama crescent of Maitama is regularly used by the Speaker to host night parties after its recent renovation with tax payers funds.
He added that several brand new exotic cars were taken out of the building Friday morning.

ICPC Investigating State Governor Over Diversion Of Bailout Funds

The Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta, has disclosed that the commission was investigating a state governor for alleged diversion of bailout funds meant for the payment of workers’ salaries.

He spoke when he hosted students of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS in Abuja.

Nta said: “Last year, 27 states got bailout funds from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. We decided to go into collaboration with the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, to monitor the movement of the funds from the Central Bank of Nigeria to the final destination.

“One state, where bailout funds were moved to three different accounts, is being investigated and we will soon publish the outcome of our investigations.”

He explained that the commission relied on petitions from members of the public to investigate allegations of corruption, because it did not have access to early financial intelligence.

Nta said by the law, only the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had such access.

The ICPC boss, however, called for sharing of intelligence among all security agencies.​

EFCC, ICPC, Police To Investigate 300 Indicted Persons, Firms Over N116bn ONSA Contracts

There are indications that the Federal Government may handover the 300 persons and companies indicted in the N116bn contracts in the Office of the National Security Adviser to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, and the Nigeria Police Force for investigation.

Mallam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, made this disclosure yesterday while speaking with The Nation.

Shehu said: “The funds recovered so far were effected by the Office of the National Security Adviser.

“The investigating agencies, including EFCC, ICPC and the Nigeria Police Force will handle the case of indicted persons and firms accordingly.

“This matter will not be managed by only one agency. Depending on the allegations, each of the investigating agencies will look into them as appropriate.”

Shehu had on Thursday stated that over N7bn had been recovered from those indicted by the committee.

How Sacked DG Spent N200b On 2015 Elections

Of the 26 Directors-General and Heads of parastatals sacked yesterday, no fewer than 10 may be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission(ICPC) for investigation, a source said last night.

It was gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari opted to give some of  the chief executives the push, following  reports of large-scale fraud in their agencies. One allegedly spent N200 billion on last year’s Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) presidential campaign.

Some of the former chief executives also awarded contracts to cronies.

The agencies under the searchlight of either the EFCC or the ICPC include National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), National Broadcasting Commission(NBC), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Bureau of Public Enterprises(BPE), National Women Development Centre(NWDC); Industrial Training Fund(ITF); Nigerian Investment Promotion Council; Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) and Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSIT), among others.

A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “At least 10 of those sacked chief executives will be handed over to the EFCC and the ICPC. The report on their misconduct is ready for these  anti-graft agencies to act upon.

“All security agencies received the list of those affected about 24 hours before the formal announcement. They will all be placed on surveillance until cleared.

“Some of them have actually appeared before EFCC and ICPC in the last eight months. Their cases are under various stages of investigation.

“The revelations are mind-boggling and it is sad that some of these chief executives continued with the impunity even after a new government had taken over.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “The President bid time to get intelligence report on the atrocities, recklessness and outright graft by some of these former CEOs before sending them packing.”

The source gave an insight into some of the infractions.

He said one of the former chief executives allegedly withdrew N200 billion (using curious sub-heads)  to fund the campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He cited the case of how a DG was implicated in a N68 billion fraud and other illegal expenditures and loans allegedly secured without proper approval.

The source also claimed that a  former female chief executive was alleged to have donated N700million to the PDP’s presidential campaign in January 2015; furnishing of an office at N800million which donor agencies can supply at no cost and the construction of a store at N240million instead of N40million.

In another instance, one of the heads of the media agencies could not account for all the advertisement cash raked in by his medium during the 2015 campaign.

Instead, about N5million was recorded as revenue from adverts during the 2015 polls.

The DG was said to have acquired a licence for an electronic medium and diverted the sophisticated equipment to the new private  outfit after using public funds to procure them.

A DG of  a sensitive agency was alleged to have hidden over N15billion in a secret account in violation of the extant regulations of Treasury Single Account(TSA).

One of the affected DGs presided over an agency which was generating about N9billion internally but as at the time he was sacked, he left more than N6billion debts for the agency.

Despite the remand of her Personal Assistant in prison over alleged N17million bribery, a DG waited till Monday for President Muhammadu Buhari to wield the big stick.

Besides, the award of some contracts before the inauguration of President Buhari led to the sack of some of DGs.

The Nation