Osinbajo to withdraw ICPC board nominees under probe for corruption

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo
Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo

The Presidency has resolved to withdraw the nominations of Maimuna Aliyu and Sa’ad Alanmu, who were named to the board of the anti-graft agency, ICPC, aftermedia exposure of the fact they are being investigated for corruption, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report.

The development was disclosed to PREMIUM TIMES, Saturday evening, by an authoritative presidency official, who volunteered to speak without being named.

“The two ICPC nominated commissioners being reported to be under investigation for corruption will be stepping down and won’t be members of the commission,” said the source.

Mr. Alanamu and Ms. Aliyu were two of the 14 persons nominated on Tuesday to the board of the ICPC, Nigeria’s second major anti-graft agency.

But the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, on Friday reported that the two nominees are separately under investigations, by the police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the ICPC, for alleged corrupt practices.

While Mr. Alanamu is being investigated on corruption charges allegedly committed while he headed several institutions in Kwara State, Ms. Aliyu has a longstanding case of alleged abuse of office, misappropriation and diversion of public funds against her.

The ICIR reported that charges were already being prepared against Ms. Aliyu by the ICPC in preparation to taking her to court when her name was announced as a member of the new board of the commission.

Amid public worries about how the Mr. Alanamu and Ms. Aliyu scaled security screening to serve on the board on an anti-graft agency, despite the allegations of corruption they face, the spokesperson to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande, had earlier on Saturday told PREMIUM TIMES the presidency would ensure “prompt” and “thorough” investigation into the matter.

Later on Saturday, the ICIR reported, quoting government source, the nominees were named without any security clearance. They were reported to have picked from names already piled up for considerations for appointments to public offices.

A presidential adviser, Itse Sagay, had earlier advised the removal of both nominees if confirmed they are being investigated for corruption.

“If it is true they are under investigation, especially by the ICPC itself, definitely it will be improper for them to be on the board,” the law professor said.


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  • Arabakpura

    How come the DSS captured some issues about Magu but failed to notice these ones?

    • Alhaji

      Because they have not yet stepped on the toes of Abba Kyari and other islamist northern thieves..

    • Julius

      Wetin konsin you self, you be biafruadian !

  • Arogbo

    We may try to fault this administration for not doing a thorough vetting of these two nominees of the ICPC before nominating them for this job, but the Buhari/Osinbajo administration should be commended for acting swiftly in removing their nomination from the commission. I believe all sane minds we agreed that this is a responsive government.

    • Sanssouci

      Before you pop that Champagne, a third member has been fingered check out Sahara Reporters.

  • Julius

    Good move tho they should have done a complete vetting before their nominations. THis is how things should be done..pronto !

  • Du Covenant

    It is high time being swift and decisive is the norm. There should be no back door hush, hush or arrangements. Anyone found wanting should step aside until proven otherwise no matter how tall and mighty one is. In decent soieties, Saraki should have stepped aside until cleared of all charges, the Panam papers disclosures etc. It defies logic for some Nigerians to contemplate fielding the ex Senate President as a Presiedntial candidate despite the clouds hanging over his head, Panama papers disclosure etc in a country of over 100 million people. What type of country do we really want to build or live in?.

  • thusspokez

    The Presidency has resolved to withdraw the nominations of Maimuna Aliyu and Sa’ad Alanmu, who were named to the board of the anti-graft agency, ICPC, aftermedia exposure of the fact they are being investigated for corruption, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report.

    Mr. President

    It is not enough to simply withdraw the names of the two dodgy nominees, you should also fire the officials in your office who vetted and cleared these two dodgy candidates for nomination. The PremiumTimes knew about them, how come your team didn’t or did they know, but nevertheless put their nominations in your in-box?

    Your staff have not only let you down but caused your great embarrassment. For this reason, whether their actions were intentional or not, they deserve to be fired. There should be no room for ineptitude and corruption.

  • Sword of Damocles

    DSS!! DSS!! DSS!! if na magu you get file but for these 2 u no get file. just like for Saraki, u no get file. It is obvious the things that must happen to let it be obvious that Nigerai is on the right path, two of those things are Maman Daura & Lawal Daura must be removed asap. Mark my words , until that happens, this Govt CANNOT succeed. WHY? because the head of Buhari’s DSS is a close ally of “Suegbe Saraki” the Senate President: which means that the neanderthals & Savages in the NASS who have been fighting this Administration since may 29th 2015 cannot be removed. Remember tha robbery of saraki 300 million naira by his DSS detail ( who protected Saraki?) Remember Saraki’s CCB Trial.. again who protected that worthless phool, yes it was man friday Lawal Daura. I am still a supporter of this Administration, but we must speak truth to power, There was too much nepotism in the appointments made by the president, and it shows. Malami does not understand the Law, Lawal is incompetent, and is only there to protect certain elites. Dambazzau is ethically challenged, as is Kyari ,Funtao, and the list goes on & on, but what is the alternative? The party of Fortunato, the biggest bunch of traitors this 57 year old country has known to date. Nigeria really makes me sad, the largest concentration of black people on planet earth, and so far a monumental disgrace to the race. In the immortal words of the lunatic from New York, Sad, so Sad……

    • thusspokez

      … largest concentration of black African people on planet earth… disgrace to the race…Sad, so Sad…

      What is even sadder is Africans who still use the terminology of European colonialists to refer to Africans.

      Black is a colour and not a race. It is neither a nation nor country nor language nor cultural nor religion nor history nor…

  • loveNigeria

    Acting President, that was a perfect and timely move. Yes, they should be replaced. For how long do we want to be dancing lunatics claiming to be checking corruptions.
    God bless Nigeria

  • Julius

    Yeah sure that explains the injustice that you are doing to each other daily in biafraud land. I guess the baby sellers and the kidnappers among you are not aware of that. EVAN did’t get the memo either. Abeg, go siddon somewhere and stop ridiculing yourself.

    • Arabakpura

      Kidnapping, baby selling and others are not for the Lilly-livered like you! So, keep well in your little cocoon! Thank God Evans never kidnapped any of you but his brothers who could afford his ransom!

      • Julius

        Bro, you are becoming incoherent and ridiculous …get some rest !

        • Arabakpura

          Check very well, you may be gulitier than I am!

          • Julius

            Yeah sure,,,later !

  • Frank Bassey

    For this shoddy outing, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo should take the blame because the buck stops at his table. This is a shoddy job and another act of incompetence by the Presidency – whatever that means.

  • GbemigaO

    Embarrassing! Why did they not check them ? Was the DSS not involved in vetting ?