ICPC may go after 20 ex-governors indicted for corruption in 2008

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There are indications that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, might be revisiting the case files of 20 former governors which the commission indicted for corruption in 2008.

Disclosing this to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, acting Chairman of ICPC, Abdullahi Bako, stated that the case files were earlier put aside as a result of a combination of legal and financial constraints.

He said, “the cases came up when the governors were still in office, and the law provides for the setting up of an independent council to investigate them.

“Unfortunately, at that time, the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) which was to appoint the council had no money to pay for such gigantic operation or assignment

“That was why nothing was done about it. But the files may be revisited now that they have left office, especially of those with prima facie cases against them.”

The commission had in mid 2008
announced the setting up of a committee to investigate several petitions of alleged acts of corruption against the governors.

At the end of the exercise, 20 of the ex-governors, whose identities were not released by the commission, were allegedly found to have violated the ICPC Act.

Bako also disclosed that the commission was waiting for the directive of the Federal Government on what to do with assets recovered from looters.

According to him, “We are not auctioning the assets. There is a body set up by the government to audit recovered assets all over the country and abroad.

“It is left for the government to decide thereafter; it is not for the individual anti-corruption agencies to dispose off anything.”

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