It’s Official: Osinbajo withdraws nomination of ICPC board members being investigated for corruption

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo [Photo Credit: The Nation]
Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo [Photo Credit: The Nation]

The Presidency has withdrawn the nomination of Maimuna Aliyu and Sa’ad Alanamu from the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other offences Commission, ICPC.

The two nominees were named by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo despite being under investigation for corruption by anti-graft agencies.

According to a report by ICIR, Mr. Alanamu is being investigated for corrupt acts allegedly committed when he headed a higher education institution in Kwara State, while Ms. Aliyu is said to have a longstanding case of abuse of office, misappropriation and diversion of public funds against her; for crimes allegedly committed when she held sway as the head of marketing at Aso Savings and Loans limited.

Presidency sources had earlier told PREMIUM TIMES the two nominees would be dropped.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, spokesperson to Mr. Osinbajo, Laolu Akande, said the government had decided to withdraw their nominations.

“We are stepping down 2 of the new ICPC board nominees who have ongoing investigation issues with the commission as this presents a conflict.

“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 ‘ll always do the right thing.

“While existence of allegations or petitions against someone shouldn’t necessarily disqualify them from considerations for appointments,” Mr. Akande said.


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  • bernarddoro

    “A basic check showed no court convictions against them. But when weighty petitions come up this administration ‘ll always do the right thing” really? Ineptitude don’t you think?

  • BEN IKARI

    This shows Osinbajo is not different from other inept nigerian rulers who fill positions by mere recommendations from friends and family members even church, mosque and other groups including girlfriends and boyfriends (lovers) without doing thorough investigation. This ineptitude and failure deeply part ways with his legal background, which of course has foundation in same nepotistic and ethnocentric, greedy, corrupt and failed nigeria system. Imagine if such important position or office could be thrown out with such recklessness hence failure caught red-handed, what about thousands of others not open to public scrutiny or just not caught quickly and the harms such careless and recklessness can do to the country, especially people, the youths trying to think and do or act right!

    • abodes_124

      Osinbajo cannot go into the nitty gritty of every approval or pronouncement he has to make . He depends on various people and departments to have done the ground work and vetting and present with summaries on which to act. Please my people do some thinking before you rush to write.

  • E.O. Bali

    @bernarddoro:disqus,

    EVEN IF BUKOLA SARAKI had pushed the
    name of Sa’ad Alanamu as a nominee from Kwara state, Acting President Osinbajo
    should have assessed the nominee’s merits before announcing his name to the public
    as a full Board member confirmed and appointed by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

    By doing things in such shoddy manner Yemi Osinbajo reinforces the lingering
    doubt around him as either reckless or incompetent. Administrative skills are
    obviously not in the office of this Acting president.

    That’s why a lot of good-intentioned critics in Nigeria
    call for wholesale replacement of all of Buhari’s and Osinbajo’s dull
    appointees – to give Nigeria a chance to live.

    The country is dying from the stranglehold
    of a slew of intellectual dwarfs appointed into oversize public office by both
    President Muhamadu Buhari and the Acting president Yemi Osinbajo. There’s no
    known appointee in public office today who is known to the public as a gifted thinker
    with personal merits of honesty and clarity of thought.

    • Sword of Damocles

      Said from the lips/pen of a disciple/acolyte of fortunato. Irony in the extreme. Up is DOWN, and down is UP…….

  • Yego V

    This is a leader who demonstrated act of leadership. I can imagine a response otherwise, if that WAEC graduate was in charge.

    • abodes_124

      This indeed is the way to run a government or any institution. Although accusation is not conviction, where there is weighty accusation with a prima facie case against a public officer that officer should step aside until the matter is concluded. Buhari and Magu should take note.

      • Yego V

        Plus Saraki and all his accused colleagues. Shamefully they constitute 80%of the NA

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  • endipin

    Dr. Saad Alanamu is Bukola Sarakai protegee and nominee! Res ipsa loquitor . the thing speaks for itself (In Latin).

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  • George

    Yeye monkey VP Osinbaju has just again disgraced the Yoruba tribe.

    If Saraki has helped him to know these two ladies are evils before he could have said otherwise as in case of Magu.

    Upon all the securities arrangements available with the presidential powers this animal looking man called Osinbaju couldn’t discover on time that these ashawo’s are under investigations maybe he is sleeping with her hence over looks her sins.

    Appointing a lady looking as that lady to sensitive position is even wrong. This a fake pastor without a discerning mind.

    • abodes_124

      do me more constructive in your comments sir