Osinbajo drops ICPC board members under probe

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has dropped two recently nominated Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission members who are said to be undergoing investigations by the same commission.

This came after reports that some of the nominated members were under investigation by the ICPC.

The Acting President had recently appointed Chairman and members of the commission.

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Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, disclosed on his Twitter handle on Sunday 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.”

Osinbajo had redeployed the Chairman of the ICPC, Ekpo Nta, to the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission and replaced him with Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye.

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