Osinbajo cancels appointment of two ICPC nominees
Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has withdrawn the appointment of two nominees for the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
The government in a statement by the Director (Press) in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi last Tuesday had appointed 14 members and Chairman for ICPC.
But a message on the Twitter handle of the Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, Laolu Akande, on Sunday said that the appointments of two nominees, which was subject to confirmation of the Senate, have been withdrawn due to allegations and petitions against them.
The message, however, did not mention the names of the two nominees.
The postings read “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 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,” it stated.
The names of the nominees released on Tuesday are Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye as Chairman while members include Dr. Grace N. Chinda, Okolo Titus M, Barr. Obiora Igwedebia, Mrs. Olubukola Balogun, Group Captain Sam Ewang (Rtd.),l.
Other members are Justice Adamu Bello, Hannatu Mohammed, Abdullahi Maikano Saidu, Dr. Sa’ad Alanamu, Yahaya Umar Dauda, Khamis Ahmed Mailantarki, Maimuna Aliyu.
Prof. Musa Usman Abubakar was to serve as Secretary in the ICPC