Presidency To Probe 2 Newly Appointed ICPC Members

After appointing a new chairman and board members of ICPC, Presidency has resolved to probe the latest appointments made by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, into the board of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC.

However, there were media reports on Friday, that two of the board members are currently being investigated by the ICPC.

The two members of the board, headed by Bolaji Owasanoye, a Professor of Law and current Secretary of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, are Maimuna Aliyu and Sa’ad Alanamu.

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

It was alleged 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, 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 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.

Meanwhile, when asked the step the Presidency would take over the accused persons, the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, said the allegations would be thoroughly investigated.

“These claims would be promptly investigated. The Presidency will surely do only what is right, proper, and seen to be so,” Akande said.

Recall, that Osinbajo had on Tuesday, redeployed the Chairman of the ICPC, Ekpo Nta, to the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission.

In his place, Bolaji Owasanoye, was appointed as Chairman, with a renewable tenure of five years.

Owasanoye was part of the Prof. Itse Sagay-led Presidential Committee on Anti-Corruption.

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