ICPC board: Osinbajo steps down 2 nominees
The Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has stepped down two of the 14 member he recently announced in to the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other offenses Commission (ICPC).
Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant-Media&Publicity to AgP President in a statement on Sunday said that: ‘We are stepping down 2 of the new ICPC board nominees who have ongoing investigation issues with the commission as this presents a conflict.
‘While existence of allegations or petitions against someone should’nt 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 ‘ll always do the right thing.
Reports have it that Maimuna Aliyu and Sa’ad Alanamu two of the 14 members announced in to ICPC board were being investigated by the anti-corruption agency over alleged corruption in the region of N1billion.
Saharareporters reported that Alanamu was being investigated on corruption charges allegedly committed while he headed several institutions in Kwara State, while Aliyu has a longstanding case of abuse of office, misappropriation, and diversion of public funds against her.
In fact, the ICIR learned on Friday that charges were already being prepared against her by the ICPC in preparation to taking her to court when her name was announced as a member of the new board of the commission.
Apart from the ICPC investigation, Saharareporters investigations also show that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian Police have investigated several corruption cases against Aliyu, a former Executive Director of the Aso Savings and Loans.
In fact, in May, a police investigative report indicted her and recommended her for prosecution. The investigative report dated May 31, 2017, and signed by Taiwo Oyewale, a Superintendent of Police, for the Deputy Commissioner of Police, IGP Monitoring Unit, said that Aliyu illegally converted to personal use a total of N58 million being proceeds of three plots of land belonging to her employers, Aso Savings and Loans.