SEC to strengthen ties with ICPC

Chris Ugwu The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) are to collaborate in combating crime in the Nigerian capital market. This agreement was reached yesterday when the management of SEC met with the management team of the ICPC in Abuja. Acting Director-General of SEC, Ms. Mary Uduk, said the visit was necessary in order to seek collaboration, and also leverage on the expertise and mandate of the ICPC in tackling corrupt practices especially fraud, which has been prevalent in the…

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ICPC bestows integrity award on FAAN staff

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has recognized a staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Mrs. Josephine Ugwu for her honesty and integrity in the discharge of her duties. Mrs Ugwu was presented with the award at a two day summit on ‘Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector’ jointly organized by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and ICPC in Abuja. You will recall that in a celebrated case in the year 2015, Mrs. Ugwu while carrying out her…

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ICPC: We recovered 200 assets in 8 months

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), has said that at least, 200 property had been recovered in the last eight months. It said some of the assets were based on interim forfeiture orders of court, while others were in the final forfeiture category. The chairman of ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, made the disclosure yesterday, at a meeting with the management of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS). Spokesperson for the commission, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, who made the disclosure in a statement yesterday, quoted Owasanoye…

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N840m fraud: ICPC wants court to freeze retired judge’s account

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has  asked  the  Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja for permission to confiscate the sum of N840million it allegedly traced to a proxy bank account that was operated by a retired President of the Benue State Customary Court of Appeal, Mrs. Margaret Igbeta. The anti-graft agency in an ex parte motion it filed for an order of interim forfeiture of the fund, alleged that the retired Judge, had while in service, lodged huge sums of money in the fixed deposit…

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Court orders ICPC to unseal Yari’s Abuja property

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday ordered the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to unseal the property of a former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, located in Maitama, Abuja. The order of the court was sequel to an ex-parte application filed and argued by Yari’s counsel, Mahmud Magaji, SAN. He submitted that ICPC sealed the property contrary to the provision of the law. Ruling on the application, Justice Taiwo Taiwo held that the applicant had a constitutional right to bring such application before the…

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N76.6m constituency project: ICPC recovers six tractors, quizzes Senator

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) yesterday, said it had recovered a total of six tractors allegedly diverted by a former lawmaker representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District. According to the commission, the recovery was made through its Constituency Projects Tracking Group (CPTG), upon discovery that the tractors, which were meant to be distributed to farmers in the six local government areas of the district, were not delivered as expected. That was as the commission said N76.6 million was paid for the tractors in December 2015, which…

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ICPC: We’ll remove obstacles protecting corrupt officials in Rivers

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has expressed the Commission’s readiness to remove the obstacles that had hitherto made it difficult to prosecute alleged corrupt government officials in Rivers State. The state Commissioner for ICPC, Chukwurah Alexander, said that the Commission was working towards repealing a perpetual injunction that had prevented anti-graft agencies from prosecuting corrupt state government officials in the state. Alexander, who disclosed this yesterday at an awareness and sensitisation march in Port Harcourt, however, noted that the Commission urged the people to be…

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Judge threatens to close ICPC’s case against NBC boss, others

Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo-Giwa of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday threatened to close the case of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) against the Director General of National Broadcasting Commission, Ishaq Modibbo and three others, for lack of diligent prosecution. The threat was sequel to an oral application made by Alex Izinyon, SAN, counsel to the 2nd and 3rd defendants (Dipo Onifade and Lucky Omoluwa) and supported by counsel representing the 1st and 4th defendants. The defence counsel had expressed dissatisfaction over the way…

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Ex-ICPC board nominee sentenced to 12 years over N5m bribe

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) yesterday said it had secured a 12-year jail term for its ex-board nominee, Saad Alanamu and the Director of Namylas Nigeria Limited, Salman Sulaiman, for collecting and giving a bribe respectively. The convicts had earlier been arraigned before Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on an 8-count for bribery, said ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, according to an online news portal, PER SECOND NEWS. Alanamu who is also a former Chairman of the Governing Council of…

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Reps PAC recovers N72.5bn, $1.8m for EFCC, ICPC

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the House of Representatives has said its investigations into activities of government has led to the recovery of stolen public funds in cash and assets to the tune of N72.5 billion and $1.8 million from ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) and have referred the cases to relevant anti-corruption agencies for necessary action. Chairman of the committee, Hon. Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers) disclosed this yesterday while presenting a record their stewardship since 2015. He revealed that in 2012, N1.1 billion was recovered by the committee…

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