Sunday, 6 August 2017

Osinbajo Withdraws Nomination Of ICPC Board Members Under Probe

The Acting President, Yemi, Osinbajo, has withdrawn the nomination of two members of the Board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, (ICPC).

Those whose nominations were withdrawn are Maimuna Aliyu and Sa’ad Alanamu and the withdrawal is not unrelated to their involvement in an ongoing investigation by the same commission.

The acting president had last week named a new chairman and board members for the commission.

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

Responding to this, the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, took to his Twitter handle on Sunday to say that the nomination of the affected persons was being stepped down.

Akande wrote, “We are stepping down two 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 (six) 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 will always do the right thing.”

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