ICPC threat forces Enugu senator to distribute N117m worth of constituency items

ICPC threat forces Enugu senator to distribute N117m worth of constituency items

- Senator Chukwuka Utazi has distributed items meant for constituency projects in his district, following threats of prosecution by the ICPC

- Utazi had reportedly initially refused to distribute the items to his constituents

- The ICPC said the items were meant to be distributed to the lawmaker’s constituents to empower them as part of the federal govt’s efforts to alleviate poverty

Following threats by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to prosecute him, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, representing Enugu North, has distributed items meant for constituency projects in his district.

According to Sahara Reporters, the premises where Utazi kept items worth N117 million meant for his constituency had been locked by the ICPC.

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Legit.ng gathers that Utazi initially refused to distribute the items to his constituents.

However, accompanied by officials of the ICPC, the lawmaker reportedly distributed transformers, grinding machines, tricycles, and motorcycles.

Utazi, who was chairman of the anti-corruption committee in the 8th Senate, carrying out oversight over the ICPC, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-graft agencies, had once boasted of being an anti-corruption champion.

However, the ICPC said it had discovered the constituency items during its Constituency Projects Tracking exercise.

According to the agency, 168 and 51 numbers of motorcycles and tricycles respectively were covered by this amount and recovered from the legislator.

The ICPC said: “They were discovered to be stashed away in a compound in Mkpologu town of Uzo-Nwani local government area, believed to be owned by the senator.”

The agency added that 203 grinding machines and another 60 motorcycles and five transformers had also been recovered in the compound which had been procured under another constituency project.

All the items were subsequently impounded and the lawmaker’s compound was sealed.

The ICPC said the items were meant to be distributed to the lawmaker’s constituents to empower them as part of the federal government’s efforts to alleviate poverty.

It said: “The senator has pledged to the ICPC that they would be distributed to beneficiaries on Tuesday, August 6, 2019.”

The anti-corruption agency’s approach has, however, been faulted by some residents who insisted that Utazi should have been arrested for diverting items meant for his constituency.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the ICPC said it had recovered a dialysis machine and hospital equipment from Mma Obot Foundation, allegedly belonging to the former Senate minority whip and ex-governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio.

The anti-graft agency made the disclosure in a statement by its spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa.

The statement read: “Among the recoveries so far made by the CPTG team are dialysis machine, ECG monitor, oxygen regulator, anaesthetic machines, generators and other hospital equipment meant for a cottage hospital in Ukana, Essien Udim local government area of Akwa Ibom state, from premises of Mma Obot Foundation, alleged to belong to Senator Godswill Akpabio.”

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