Sunday, August 6, 2017

Osinbajo withdraws nomination of ‘corrupt’ ICPC board members


Maimuna Aliyu

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday removed Maimuna Aliyu and Sa’ad Alanamu from the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other offences Commission (ICPC) for alleged corruption in the region of N1billion.

Laolu Akande, spokesman of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, disclosed this on Sunday.

ICIR, an investigative website, had exposed the alleged fraudulent activities perpetrated by the two individuals.

Their appointments were announced on Tuesday following approval by the Acting President.

The website said Alanamu is currently being investigated on corruption charges allegedly committed while he headed several institutions in Kwara State, and Aliyu has a longstanding case of abuse of office, misappropriation, and diversion of public funds against her.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Akande said the government had confirmed that the individuals were undergoing probe.

He tweeted: “We are stepping down 2 of the new ICPC board nominees who have ongoing investigation issues with the commission as this presents a conflict,” he wrote.

“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 ‘ll always do the right thing.

“While existence of allegations or petitions against someone shouldn’t necessarily disqualify them from considerations for appointments”



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