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ICPC to reopen corruption cases of 20 former governors

ICPC to reopen corruption cases of 20 former governors

- The case files of 20 former state governors indicted for corruption in 2008 may be revisited by the ICPC

- Abdullahi Bako, the acting chairman of the commission, said he law provides for the setting up of an independent council to investigate them

- In mid 2008, the commission announced the setting up of a committee to investigate several petitions of alleged corrupt acts against the governors and 20 of the ex-governors were allegedly found to have violated the ICPC Act

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it might revisit the case files of 20 former state governors it indicted for corruption in 2008.

NAN reports that the acting chairman of the commission, Abdullahi Bako, told newsmen in Abuja that the case files were shelved due to a combination of legal and financial impediments.

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“The cases came up when the governors were still in office, and the law provides for the setting up of an independent council to investigate them.

“Unfortunately, at that time, the Office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, which was to appoint the council, had no money to pay for such gigantic operation or assignment

“That was why nothing was done about it. But the files may be revisited now that they have left office, especially of those with prima facie cases against them," he said.

Recall that the commission in mid 2008 announced the setting up of a committee to investigate several petitions of alleged corrupt acts against the governors.

At the end of the exercise, 20 of the ex-governors, whose identities were not released by the commission, were allegedly found to have violated the ICPC Act.

Bako also told newsmen on Tuesday that the commission was awaiting the directive of the federal government on what to do with the assets recovered from the looters.

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“We are not auctioning the assets. There is a body set up by the government to audit recovered assets all over the country and abroad.

“It is left for the government to decide thereafter; it is not for the individual anti-corruption agencies to dispose of anything,’’ he said.

Legit.ng had reported that ICPC arraigned one Eno Ofem before an Abuja high court, for alleged impersonation of the Presidency in the office of the chief of staff, Punch reports.

Legit.ng gathered that the anti-graft agency said in a statement by its spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, that Ofem, who contested the 2015 National Assembly election and lost, was charged before Justice Valentine Ashi for duping some Nigerians of over N100 million.

Ofem, who was arraigned on six counts bordering on fraud allegedly promised some unsuspecting Nigerians that he could help them secure juicy appointments.

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