Osinbajo Drops Names of Nominees for ICPC Board Alleged to be Under Investigation

Two new members nominated to be on the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission who are alleged to be undergoing investigations by the same Commission, have been dropped.
In a tweet Sunday, Laolu Akande, spokesman to the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, disclosed that the two nominees’ names have been dropped.
The Acting Presidenthad last week named a new Chairman and board members for the commission.
But there were media reports on Friday that two of the board members are currently being investigated by the ICPC.
Akande said it had been confirmed that the two nominees were being investigated by the agency they were nominated to serve.
He said the situation presented a conflict of interest.
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”, he said.

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