DEVELOPING: Nigerian govt. moves to replace persons under investigation nominated to ICPC board

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo [Photo Credit: The Nation]
By Dayo Aiyetan

The federal government will most likely replace the two persons nominated to the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, who have since been discovered to be under investigation by the agency.

The ICIR exclusively reported Friday that two persons announced as members of the reconstituted board of the ICPC, Maimuna Aliyu and Sa’ad Alanamu, were being investigated for corruption by the anti corruption agency.

The report indicated that Ms. Aliyu, a former Executive Director at the government-owned Aso Savings and Loans, was being investigated for stealing and diversion of public funds and that charges were being drawn up against her by the ICPC before her appointment.

Mr. Alanamu is also being for, among other allegations, bribery during his tenure as chairman of the the Kwara State College of Education.

A senior presidency source who cannot be named told the ICIR late Friday that the government took the decision to replace the two of them after verifying the allegations that they were under investigation and that the decision to replace them would be announced next week.

He said the government felt embarrassed that persons undergoing criminal investigations were announced as members of the board of the anti corruption agencies handling their case.

However, another source in the government whose name can also not be mentioned told our reporter that the members of the ICPC board announced on Tuesday did not go through any security screening as is traditional for such appointees.

The source said the appointees were picked from a long list of names that had piled up in the two years that the Mohammadu Buhari government came into office.

He said the delay by the government to fill available vacancies led to a situation where a long list had developed of persons seeking appointment into several boards. Such appointments are used for political patronage and rewarding the party faithful.

However, lately, a lot of pressure, it was learnt, had been put on the government to fill some of the vacancies, leading to the recent announcement of appointments into some boards.

Mr. Osinbajo approved a total of 36 new board appointments on Tuesday.

Apart from the ICPC, members were appointed into the boards of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, ICRC; the Investment and Security Tribunal and the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission.

However, rather than send the names of the appointees to the State Security Services for proper security screening, the government just announced their appointment, the source said.

When asked to verify the claim that the appointees did not go through security screening, spokesman to the Acting President, Laolu Akande, was not too committal.

In a text message sent in response to our enquiries, he said “the claims will be thoroughly and promptly acted upon with dispatch doing the right if found true.”

This report was first published by the ICIR. We have its permission to republish.


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  • Agba

    World know now that Nigeria is a fail state,this is the work of DSS,instead they will be helping corruption by writting nonsense against MAGU.

  • Dawood

    Going forward, every potential Nigerian appointee is guilty until proven innocent. Did you read that, Osinbajo? Nigeria has become a land of thieves and scammers. When Colin Powell made that statement long ago, we all went ballistic. Shameless and unrepentant thieves like Saraki and Jonathan write our laws and walk the streets freely, while petty thieves are sentenced to death and paraded shamefully in public. We celebrate Ibori and condemn Magu. On Fridays the Sarakis and Jobathans of this world flood mosques and churches to “pray” to their gods. Naija don suffer.

    • Gary

      Yes Ibori and Saraki are celebrated…just iike Amaechi, Tinubu, Malami are celebrated. Don’t be selective with your nominees of Nigeria’s rogues’ gallery. That’s the problem with you BMC minions and Magu’s credibility.

      PS Any update on the N700b Paris Club Refund spent by the Sokoto State Government to buy a Guest House in Abuja for his celebrated Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto?

      Guess how much Sokoto realized in 2016 as IGR? N700.1b. The state’s total internal revenue for one year was spent on buying a mansion for one man, the Sultan.
      Guess who was the seller of the property – yes, a company linked to the Sultan of Sokoto!
      Please ask Mr. Magu to confirm or deny these assertions.
      Then you can come back here to bellyache all you want about Ibori, Saraki & Co, Ltd.

      • George

        You shamed that bastard very well. Thank you so much.

      • Henry_Itopa

        So no one can comment about Ibori and Saraki when talking about corruption unless they include YOUR list? Makes no sense whatsoever and you completely missed the point of Dawood’s comment.

  • Prof Osinbajo would be a listening president.

  • JasV

    It will not make any sense as far as I am concerned unless anyone who nominated those two and all such bastards of thieves are brought out, tried named and shamed as conniving bunch of rogues.

  • persona

    How is it that of the 36, na only 2 get comma?
    Anyone telling that they were not vetted and just picked from a pile is trying to mock the presidency.
    Its standard procedure to do background checks but those charged let things slide.
    Had the same agencies done the needful, we wouldn’t have many lawmakers visiting anti-corruption agencies now because, they would not have qualified for elections.
    The political corruption in this country is too alarming.
    As the presidency is about to root these 2 out, its a good step in the right direction.

    • share Idea

      Pls can you share a link where Stella Oduah was indicted. Does allegation of wrong deed amount to indictment in your place.

      Hatred for great Amazon of the East is what is making you to spew that rubbish you stated against her.

      • persona

        Chief, I believe that you don’t know the definition of indictment. Please use your dictionary and find what it means and confirm it is not what you assumed it to mean. If you cant, this is what it means:
        Indictment: a formal charge or accusation of a serious crime.
        There is not beef, I chose from almost all region.