Trouble for looters as ICPC commences investigation into distribution of Covid-19 funds, palliatives
- The ICPC has started probing alleged cases of fraud related to the management of COVID-19 funds
- The agency's director of operations disclosed this, adding that all reported cases will be investigated and prosecuted
- Bolaji Owasanoye, the commission's chairman, added that all donations made by the private sector would be monitored to ensure transparency and accountability
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The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) says it has started probing alleged cases of corruption in the management of COVID-19 funds and palliatives.
This was disclosed by the anti-graft agency's director of operations, Akeem Lawal, on Thursday, May 28, during a virtual meeting of stakeholders, Premium Times reports.
Lawal said there are allegations of fraud by some public institutions in the release and distribution of grains from strategic food reserve.
Coronavirus: ICPC commences probing distribution of funds, palliatives. Photo credit: ICPC
He said the cases include alleged infractions in the procurement of COVID-19 palliatives and logistics and community enlightenment activities.
Lawal vowed that all reported cases will be investigated and prosecuted.
In his own address, the ICPC chairman, Bolaji Owasanoye, said that the commission had issued an advisory on response management for COVID-19 fund.
Owasanoye assured that the agency would monitor all donations made by the private sector to ensure transparency and accountability.
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Meanwhile, a building forfeited by the former minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has been donated as an isolation centre in Lagos state by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFFC handed the property, a building of six flats of three bedrooms and a boys’ quarter to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday, May 15.
According to the head of the agency in the state, Mohammed Rabo, the move was part of the commission's effort to fight against the spread of COVID-19.
Thanking the EFCC for the kind gesture, Governor Sanwo-Olu pointed out that a major problem in the state "is getting isolation centres for COVID-19 patients."
In another report, Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the EFCC, had appealed to the government of United Kingdom (UK) to extradite Alison-Madueke, to account for alleged missing of $2.5 billion in her ministry during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Magu, at a media briefing in Kaduna on Monday, February 17, ahead of the Tuesday, February 18, passing out parade of EFCC trainees at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), said personnel of the commission were trained to, “shoot and kill corruption in Nigeria, so we cannot be challenged by any threat."
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