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NDDC Probe: ICPC Interrogate Top Management Staff

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it has commenced an investigation into various allegations of corruption and misappropriation of COVID-19 funds in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Spokesperson of the ICPC, Mrs. Azuka Ogugua, disclosed in a statement on Saturday that some top directors and staff of the agency have been quizzed after months of intelligence gathering.

According to the ICPC spokesperson, top officials are being interrogated in the alleged diversion of N5.47 billion meant for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers handling the Covid-19 pandemic in the nine states of NDDC.

“The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has quizzed top management staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), over allegations of various acts of corruption such as diversion of funds, procurement fraud and misappropriation of the agency’s Covid-19 funds.

“Some directors of NDDC were interrogated at the Commission’s headquarters recently, after months of intelligence gathering, following the receipt of petitions from Nigerians on the alleged illegalities and contracts fraud by some officials of the agency,” it added.

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“Top officials of the agency are being investigated for their complicity in an alleged diversion of N5.474 billion meant for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers handling the Covid-19 pandemic in the nine states of NDDC,” the statement read in part.

Mrs Ogugua said that the commission is also investigating the payment of monies for some staff training abroad, which was never attended due to the global lockdown measures enforced to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“The Commission is also investigating the payments of millions of naira to the staff of the agency for foreign training during the Covid-19 full lockdown which were never attended, as well as the non-payment of entitlements to students on foreign scholarships.

“Other allegations being investigated by ICPC include the selling of back-dated contract award letters for projects and awards of contracts that were not captured in the budget of the NDDC,” she stated.

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The ICPC spokesperson added that the Commission has retrieved relevant documents that will help in uncovering the truth, recover diverted funds and prosecute anyone found to have breached the law.

The NDDC Saga
The NDDC has been a subject of controversy in the last few months over allegations of corruption in the award of contracts and the non-payment of Nigerian scholars under the payroll of the commission.

This prompted the National Assembly to invite the Minister of Niger Delta, Mr Godwill Akpabio, and the former Interim Management Committee head, Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei.

Meanwhile, the Federal Executive Council approved N722.3 million for eight field forensic auditors to audit the NDDC in a bid to unravel the level of corruption in the agency in charge of the development of the Niger Delta region.


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ICPC urges communities to own, monitor projects. | Details

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in collaboration with the Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors have urged communities to own up projects executed in their areas.

The Head Constituency and Executive Project Tracking Group (CEPTG), Mr Tanko Abdullahi, made the call during project tracking of rural road at Amuro in Afikpo-North Local Government Area of the state.

Abdullahi said it was important for people to monitor projects situated in their areas to encourage competence, development and prevent substandard ventures.

According to him, the Commission created various enlightement activities to inform the public on its fight against corruption, acts that amount to wrong doing and to get them to be part of the crusade.

He called on town unions, traditional rulers, women, youth leaders and individuals, among other groups to show interest in taking responsibilities of the project.

The head further gave complaints platforms of the ICPC, if suspicious fraudulent act in the execution was discovered.

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Abdullahi urged them to make use of the ICPC dissatisfaction toll-free telephone lines on 08031230280-2, 07056990190-1, email [email protected] and social media platforms, icpcnigeria1, icpc_pe.

“Once a project is awarded, communities should own the project by monitoring its execution to ensure quality work is done and not abandoned.

“They should help protect the projects from thieves and vandals so that money spent is not wasted, thus would pose the community to suffer the need.

“The projects is for the benefit of your community, therefore, do everything you can to ensure your community is not deprived of its use or benefit,” Abdullahi said.

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The Chairman, Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Ebonyi Chapter, Mr Ogbonna Ndubuisi, maintained that bill of quantity was key in tracking projects execution.

Ndubuisi said its application during an exercise would help to track worths, specifications and standards of project to be executed.

He described the bill as a document that encompassed work to be done and cost attached.

“It is used during tracking and also for evaluation,” Ndubuisi said.

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Dr Kelechukwu Okezie, the Director, Neighborhood Environmental Watch Foundation and member of the tracking team, said that more enlightement programme would enable the general public to understand activities of the team.

He said that such responsibility by communities was key in fighting corruption through constituency and execution projects tracking.

“When projects are sited in a community, it is expected that they own up the project by monitoring,” Okezie said.

Noble Reporters Media learnt that the team embarked on tracking construction of a supposed 700 meters rural access road in the community but 600 meters was executed.


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ICPC gets permission to arrest 2 Sri Lankans.


The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said it has secured a bench warrant to arrest two nationals of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for their failure to appear in court to take their plea in a criminal matter.

ICPC Spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa who disclosed this in a statement yesterday in Abuja said the warrant was issued by Hon. Justice O. O. Goodluck of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 4, sitting in Maitama, Abuja.

According to Okoduwa, the two Sri Lankans, Messrs Saththiyaraj Kantharasa and Vinith Ukantharasa and a Nigerian national Anthony Adetokunboh who are the 1st, 2nd 3rd accused persons respectively, were scheduled to appear before the court on allegations bordering on forgery of travel documents and criminal conspiracy.

The Spokesperson added that Kantharasa and Ukantharasa were accused of forging the passports, national identity card and driving license of the Republic of Malaysia.

She continued: “However, when the case was mentioned for arraignment, only the 3rd defendant announced his appearance in court, while the 1st and 2nd defendants were conspicuously absent”

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“Their lawyer, Nonso Nzedebe, informed the court that his clients were fully aware of the rescheduled date for their arraignment which is today Wednesday, May 13th 2020, saying that he was not informed of any reason for their absence in court”

“The prosecution counsel, Eniekan Ekong, had earlier prayed the court to grant the Commission a bench warrant for their arrest to compel them to attend their trial.”

In granting the warrant, Okoduwa noted that the trial judge expressed disappointment in the two foreign nationals that despite their knowledge of the rescheduled date for their arraignment, they chose to abscond without any reason.

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Adding that Justice Goodluck also ruled that a bench warrant be issued against their surety, Mr. Olanrewaju Olayiwola Olusola, a Deputy Director with the Federal Ministry of Finance, as to why he should not be remanded in prison custody pending the time the suspects are found.

The case has been adjourned to May 27th 2020.


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CACOL begin ICPC monitoring team amid corruption in Nigeria.


The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has given a pat on the back to the Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye for giving extra bite and purpose to the fight against corruption and illicit acquisition of public wealth since he assumed office a couple of years back.

In a release, issued by CACOL on behalf of its Executive Chairman, Mr. Debo Adeniran and signed by its Coordinator, Media and Publications, Adegboyega Otunuga, he stated, “We would recollect that just last week, our anti-corruption and open leadership organization, CACOL, issued a release, assessing various interventions funds, in cash and in kinds, to different tiers of government and their agencies in assisting them to concretely combat the scourge of coronavirus (COVID-19) that continues to ravage individuals and societies with dire consequences to lives and economies of states all over the world.

In conceptualizing government’s response and different interventions both locally and internationally, we praised friendly and good-spirited nations and individuals who had since come to the aid of the nation by donating billions of Naira and provided all kinds of assistance in necessary equipment and expertise towards dealing with the global pandemic and assuaging the sufferings of victims and other individuals who may be affected or inconvenienced through measures adopted by the state like lockdown, etc.

“Consequently, we had demanded that appropriate measures be taken by the anti-corruption agencies towards monitoring of receipts and applications of such interventions, in a way that promotes transparency and accountability in the management of the funds.

It was, therefore, a great relief that the leadership of ICPC under this dispensation responded to the challenge by setting up a monitoring team in this regard.

This is despite the existence of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, as this effort is in sync with Section 6 (b) – (d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000; and its in preventive mandate provided for under the same Section.

This should effectively prevent financial abuse in the management of the funds meant in battling the pandemic and assisting its victims. It would also hold defaulters accountable where they have been able to sneak through the ye of the anti-corruption needle”

The CACOL boss added, “It is quite germane and remarkable that the ICPC under this leadership has learnt from mistakes of the past where actions were only taken after the deeds were done.

Meanwhile, dealing with corruption after its committal has never been an easy assignment as ‘prevention is always better than cure’ as the saying goes.

We also use this opportunity to pledge our cooperation and useful assistance in the provisions of information and other means through which a judicious application and accountability of all these intervention funds could be converted while a few misguided elements with the corruption etched in their DNA would be collectively fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law to serve as a deterrent.”


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Surveyors council’s president charged by ICPC

…says he abused his office


Joseph Olorunjuwon Agbenla, the President of Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SCN) has been charged with an alleged abuse of office by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).

In a four-count charge filed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the former Permanent Secretary / Surveyor-General of Lagos State was accused of receiving about N5million as allowances for conferences he did not attended.

The case filed by the ICPC has now been assigned to Justice A. O. Obong.


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ICPC charges NIPC directors, Permanent secs for fraud.

…via a letter dated

Nine board members of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC) have been summoned by a special panel of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC)

Sources at the commission said that the nine officials were invited as part of an investigation into corruption allegations at the agency.

Information available to the anti-graft agency showed that the affected directors, including the board chairman, a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Babangida Nguroje violated the provisions of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

Nguroje and others were summoned via a letter dated December 16, 2019, and signed by the ICPC Acting Director of investigation, Hassan Mohammed,

They were told to appear in separate batches from Monday, December 23.

Other invited officials are Grace Gekpe, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Sunday Edet, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment who is to appear before the commission on Tuesday, December 24.

The commission urged the members to either come along with a lawyer, a staff of the legal aid or any individual of their choice.

Established in 2004, NIPC has recently been embroiled in an internal squabble between the board and its management.

The invite was also extended to Adebayo Odejimi, Folake Abdulrazaq, Ayinlowo Obiseasan, Eloho Samuel, Uwatt Bassey and Mustapha Suliaman.

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Member of Reps declare wanted – ICPC

The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission has declared wanted Shehu Muhammad, a member of the House of Representatives.

Muhammed is representing Koko/Besse Federal Constituency of Kebbi State.

According to the anti-graft agency, Muhammad was declared wanted “for his failure to appear before the commission in an ongoing investigation against him”.

The statement reads, “Hon. Shehu Koko Mohammed is hereby declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission for his failure to appear before the commission for an ongoing investigation against him.

“He was declared wanted for failing to perfect his bail conditions.

“He was granted administrative bail by ICPC after he was earlier invited for questioning regarding the alleged fraudulent acquisition of properties, using his position to confer undue advantage on himself while serving as ADC to a former governor of Katsina State.”

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ICPC couldn’t get Lai Mohammad despite witness. – DSO

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), failed to produce the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed in court, to testify as a prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of the Director-General of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Ishaq Kawu Modibbo, Pinnacle Communications Ltd, and two others.

On October 21, the last adjourned date, the trial Judge, Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo- Giwa had threatened to close the case of ICPC against the defendants if it fails to produce Mr Mohammed and a subpoenaed bureau de change operator in court as a witness on December 3.

Despite the failure of the ICPC to produce the Information Minister to testify in court, a statement he made to the agency, tendered in court, indicated that he gave the approval for the release of N2.5 billion to the National Broadcasting Corporation as seed grant for the Digital Switch Over project of the Federal Government.

Prosecution counsel, Mr Henry Emoreh informed the court that though the case was for continuation of trial, he intends to close the case of the prosecution as he is not calling any more witnesses.

Reacting to the sudden decision of the prosecution to close its case, counsel to Mr Modibbo, Mr Akeem Mustapha said he would not be calling any witnesses.

Mr Mustapha said pursuant to section 303 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, he would be asking for the maximum 14 days to file the first defendant’s no-case-submission.

Similarly, Mr Alex Iziyon who is the counsel to the second and third defendants said he would not be calling any witness and therefore requested for the maximum 14 days period allowed by ACJ act to file a no-case-submission.

Reacting, the prosecution counsel told the court that he needed 21 days to reply to all the proposed applications for no-case-submissions of the defendants.

In a short ruling, Justice Ogunbanjo- Giwa noted that it would take 42 days for counsel to file and exchange processes in respect of the application for no-case-submissions.

Consequently, the court adjourned the matter to January 30, 2020, for adoption.

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How Foreign Affairs & Justice ministries inserts N5.6bn constituency projects – ICPC

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has accused the ministries of Foreign Affairs, and Justice, of “inserting” a whopping N5.6 billion constituency projects in the 2019 budget.

While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had N2.9 billion, the Ministry of Justice was said to have earmarked N2.7 billion for the zonal intervention projects.

The Chairman of the ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, who made the disclosure in Abuja over the weekend, queried the respective allocations, wondering what business the two ministries had with constituency projects.

“What is constituency project doing in Foreign Affairs? We will ask questions with this kind of allocation,” Owasanoye said.

Owasanoye’s position was contained in a statement Sunday by the spokesperson for the ICPC, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa.

“ICPC Chairman…at a media roundtable in Abuja, to promote the ‘My Constituency, My Project’ initiative of the Commission revealed that a breakdown of the 2019 allocation for zonal interventional projects shows that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) would spend N2.9 billion on constituency projects.

“Owasanoye added that the allocation of N2.7 billion to the Ministry of Justice in the same budget brings to the fore, some of the anomalies surrounding the implementation of constituency projects across the country

“He was concerned that constituency projects, which principally were projects and empowerment programmes designed to bring development to rural communities within the country had been included the budgets of MFA and other non-relevant ministries and agencies,” Okoduwa said.
The ICPC boss further revealed that only about 60 percent of constituency projects have been completed with a lot of them executed in shoddy ways due to poor technical designs, impositions and other sundry irregularities.

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N68M: ICPC arrested two officials of N-SIP for diverting money meant for feeding to Login state.

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Officials of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC have arrested two officials of the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP) in Kogi state over alleged N68 million fraud.

N-SIP was set up by the Buhari-led administration in 2016 to tackle poverty and hunger in the country. Part of the programme’s mandate is to provide meals for indigent students in public schools.

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A statement released by the commission’s spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, gave the names of the suspects as Khadijat Karibo, the state programme manager for the national home-grown school feeding programme, and Adoga Ibrahim, a former focal person for the programme in the state.

According to Okoduwa, the commission received a petition which alleged that the two officials were involved in diversion of funds meant for the school feeding programme.

The statement in part reads

“A petition alleging that the erstwhile State Focal Person and the Programme Manager had connived and diverted large sums of money meant for payments to cooks in the national school feeding programme in Kogi State was received by ICPC.

The petition alleged that the duo had perpetrated unlawful and unethical deductions from the accounts of cooks by the use of letters purportedly signed by them conveying their consent that a blanket and unspecified amount be moved to 10 different business accounts from the cooks’ accounts for sundry aggregated commodity supplies.

The petition further alleged that the massive fraudulent actions were pulled off by the officials acting in concert with some banks in the state. Preliminary findings from ICPC investigations indicate that for the programme to aggregate food items, the request must come from a state governor clearly stating the names and details of suppliers to the National Coordinator of the NHGSFP for approval.

This approval was lacking in the case under investigation as Ibrahim only submitted a request in September 2018 but could not present evidence of approval, hence money was paid directly by the programme to the cooks’ accounts.

However, further findings indicate that the Focal Person and the State Programme Manager, in violation of the rights of the cooks, directed banks to place a lien on their accounts which were complied with, and thereafter had a total sum of N40, 388,558.00 transferred from the accounts of 627 cooks to the accounts of 10 companies out of the money meant for January 2019 feeding programme for 20 days.

Similarly, another N27, 708,495.00 was transferred from the accounts of 850 cooks to 9 companies’ accounts out of April 2019 feeding programme for 10 days by the suspects.

Other acts of corruption discovered in the Kogi programme include the fact that after cooks had signed the issuance voucher for the release of foodstuffs, store-keepers would release lesser quantities, and also that some foodstuff supplies for monies deducted from cooks’ accounts were never made, neither were the monies refunded nor accounted for.

The NSIO had approached ICPC for a collaboration to get rid of corruption in the implementation of the Federal Government’s SIPs namely: school feeding for pupils, cash transfers to very poor people, enterprise and empowerment programme, and N-Power. The recent launch of the collaboration featured the unveiling of a dedicated toll-free hotline (0800-CALL-ICPC: 0800-2255-4272) for reporting corruption in the programmes”.

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