ICPC and INEC:  The grand conspiracy to thwart Presidential Directives

In the President’s determination to reposition the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, popularly called ICPC, he has directed that ICPC’s office along Central Business District be relocated to the building currently occupied by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in Maitama District of Abuja.

The order according to information LeadingReporters gathered is being flouted by the leadership of both ICPC and INEC.

There seems a grand conspiracy between the echelons of these two government agencies according to information availed LeadingReporters from a reliable source from the Presidency.

Part of the scheme to frustrate the relocation order is to cook up an outrageous bill as cost of relocation and renovation which the President might not easily buy into going by the dwindling revenue accruing to the government.

Another excuse both organizations have agreed to put up is for INEC to formerly notify the President about difficulty in relocating the Central Server of the Commission.  However, information reaching us confirms that the President is bent on getting the anti-corruption repositioned for optimal and better performances following allegations of official misconduct and cases of compromised investigation against some of the management staff of the anti corruption agency within the Investigation and Financial Intelligence Units.

It is believed that most of the high profile financial cases have been ‘drowned’ or compromised on alters of greed and self-enrichment before the President through the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice directive to reopen the cases.

Some of the cases that may be reopened for further investigation involve about 30 former governors. Petitions of official embezzlements by immediate past Managing Directors of NEXIM Bank and Bank Of Industry Robert Orya {currently on the run} where over N10billion has allegedly been recovered by EFCC and Rasheed Olaoluwa who allegedly was on a mission of grounding the Bank of Industry to pave way for its easy acquisition by his cronies respectively may not be carpeted after all.  The Presidency, according to information availed LeadingReporters may beam its searchlight on former Chairman of FERMA Engr. Ezekiel Olajide Adeniji following series of petition of massive embezzlement and diversion of funds, including huge debt profile incurred by the former leadership of FERMA

It would be recalled that the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice has ordered for reopening of case files involving serious allegations of financial allegations.   The outgoing ICPC chairman has recently had a closed door meeting with the AGF obviously to explain what he knows about cases of missing files involving top government functionaries and former State Governors.

Our source asserted that the Presidency is bent on the relocation of ICPC, as the relocation is believed to be going to destroy some perennial sinister activities going on in that office.

The source who spoke to us on condition of anonymity confirmed that the new Chairman of ICPC may be someone trained in the field of investigation and intelligence, possibly a police officer.  Retired or serving.

It was further learnt that as the current ICPC Chairman proceeds on his terminal leave by 29th August, the Presidency has directed him to handover all assets, liabilities, pending cases, controversial files and status of all case files to the Executive Secretary of the commission to avoid what happened previously when the President sacked 26 Heads of Parastatals where the outgoing Director Generals, Managing Directors and Executive Secretaries handed over to who they chose to cover their tracks.  These anomalies though were later corrected by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.  Some of the agencies whose outgoing heads handed over to staff of their choice included Petroleum Equalization Fund, National Broadcasting Commission and National Television Authorities.

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