Buhari broadens anti-corruption war

AGAINST the background of allegations of se­lective policy in the ongoing anti-corruption war, President Muhammadu Buhari administration has ordered the Independent Corrupt Practices and oth­er Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to look into the financial transactions of the states even as the anti-graft agency has set up a five-man panel to investigate corruption allegations against the imme­diate past governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi.

As a result of this, the commission has widened its dragnet to all the states and has resolved to investi­gate all the former governors irrespective of politi­cal leanings .

The body, last week, disclosed that it was inves­tigating the financial transactions of four ex-gov­ernors, Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Sullivan Chime, (Enugu), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina) and Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano). The latest development from Ekiti State, is the fifth state the agency will be in­vestigating. A source at the ICPC disclosed that the Commission has deployed its personnel in all the states to look into the dealings by the affected for­mer governors. He said that the decision to probe the former governors was to put paid to claims by the opposition that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government was shielding former gov­ernors who belong to the ruling party.

He said “ICPC is in all the states right now”. He disclosed that there are petitions against all the ex- governors by credible individuals and organisa­tions.

“What is happening is that the authorities of ICPC are inundated with weighty petitions against all the former governors. The petitions are from in­dividuals and bodies we cannot ignore.

A senior staff at the anti-corruption agency, told Daily Sun that the panel is headed by an Assistant Chief Investigation Officer and has already left for Ekiti state as part of its ongoing investigation.

According to the senior staff, the decision to ex­tend the probe to Fayemi was in reaction to a peti­tion against the former governor of Ekiti state by some whistle blowers who were privy to details of what transpired when he held sway. The source also said that the panel is headed by an Assistant Chief Investigation Officer in the agency and has already left for Ekiti State.

Details of the allegations against the former governor of Ekiti state are being kept secret and only those who “have the need to know are privy to the allegations. Only the chair­man and the case officers on the case are aware of the details of the allegations” the source added.

Meanwhile, a directive issued by the Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Nta Ekpo says the panels should submit their reports in two weeks.

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