ICPC Echelons in the eyes of the storm as Buhari vows total clean-up of the agency

In the new government’s determination to purge the agency of corrupt elements, previously compromised cases are to be revisited.  The Financial Unit and Heads of Investigations may be swept off by the blowing winds.  The hunter will be hunted.  The new wind will dust hitherto proud faces with becks of shame.  Justice is in the air.  All thanks to the Presidential directive that all previous cases since 2011-2015 believed to have been compromised on altars of greed be revisited and re-investigated

The Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission, the Nigeria anti-corruption agency and one of the surviving legacies of the erstwhile Nigerian President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is truly in the eyes of the storm.  President Mohammadu Buhari, poised to reposition the agency for optimum service delivery is no doubt going to see heads roll according to information availed LeadingReporters from a source from the Villa who spoke to us on condition of anonymity.

This time, the hunter will be hunted and the untouchables will not only be touched but zeroed down if found culpable of any official misdeeds.  Hitherto proud faces will be dusted with shames.  Justice is in the air for the groaning Nigerians who have continued to suffer in the hands of those appointed or elected to man the affairs of this nation.

LeadingReporters has most recently exclusively reported that the Presidency has beamed its searchlight on the anti-corruption agency.  This followed series of reports of compromised investigations involving top government functionaries. First, in matter of weeks, the anti-corruption agency would be relocated to the current INEC’s office in Maitama Abuja LeadingReporters can authoritatively reveal.

According to our source, within the last 2 weeks, the leadership of ICPC has received no fewer than 3 letters from the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and other government agencies requiring that certain files be reopened and reassigned for thorough investigation.

Our source revealed that case files that may be reopened for reinvestigation are those involving around 30 former governors, including that of Benue State, Gabriel Suswan; immediate past governor of Plateau State Jonah Jang, former Katsina State governor, former Enugu State governor, former governor of Rivers State and current Minister of Transport – Rotimi Amechi.

Other agencies where investigation was believed to be one-sided include the case involving former Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Industry – Rasheed Olaoluwa involving over N56b fraud believed to have been carpeted by the Financial Unit of the agency in collaboration with the Head of Investigation Unit Kayode Adedayo.

The current acting Chairman of Bank of Industry Waheed Ayedogbon may have been caught in the web as he was allegedly indicted in the over N56b fraud that rocked BOI under the leadership of his immediate predecessor Rasheed Olaoluwa.

The former Chairman of FERMA Engr Ezekiel Adejide, the godfather of the former Managing Director of Bank of Industry and the man believed to have introduced Rasheed Olaoluwa to former President Goodluck Jonathan will be caught in the blowing winds because of the series of petition concerning FERMA when he held sway as the chairman.

It was further revealed that the Presidency through the office of the Attorney General of the Federation is heading to review high profile cases previously handled by the Financial Unit of ICPC between 2011 – 2014 believed to have been compromised by ICPC echelons.

Towards ensuring that no stone is left unturned in bringing to book all those found culpable either by direct involvement or by aiding in compromising investigation, the Presidency is considering involving the DSS, IGP and NSA in unraveling and reinvestigating cases believed to have been compromised.  LeadingReporters could authoritatively reveal that some of the case files have gone missing, but the Presidency is poised to unravel the level of complicity by ICPC echelons.

Our source revealed that the Presidency will order the Chairman of ICPC Ekpo Nta to proceed on his terminal leave from 27th August.  The current board may be dissolved and the Heads of Investigation may be denied travelling out of the country to enable a thorough reinvestigation of cases previously handled.

 

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