- Buruji Kashamu, an ex-senator says the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) erred by trying to paint him in a bad light
- Kashamu denies claims by the ICPC that it recovered three ambulances and a 500KVA transformer from his office
- The former senator explains that the same ICPC has details of the story behind the items supposedly meant for constituency projects
Buruji Kashamu, immediate past senator representing Ogun East, has described as false the claim by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) that it recovered some items meant for constituency projects from his office.
Kashamu, in a statement by Austin Oniyokor, his media aide, said three ambulances and a 500KVA were actually delivered to the ICPC against the claim by the agency that it recovered the items from the constituency office.
“Rather, the items that were handed over to ICPC officials were delivered at the constituency office in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun state.
“However, as the distribution of the items and execution of the various projects were ongoing, Senator Kashamu discovered that his former Senior Legislative aide (SLA), Onadeko Onamusi, abused his position and influenced the award of 18 out of the 21 constituency projects to two of his (the SLA’s) companies.
“Alarmed at the discovery, Senator Kashamu issued a query to Onamusi and terminated his appointment. Thereafter, the matter was reported to the ICPC.
“The ICPC investigated the matter, arrested and charged Onamusi to court,” the statement made available to Legit.ng said.
It explained further that on November 28, 2018, the ICPC through its spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, issued a statement announcing that it had charged Onamusi to court over N68.7 million contract scam.
“So, for any objective mind, it should not be difficult to understand that there was no way the distribution of the items could have continued since they had become a subject of litigation and could be used as evidence.
“It is even more so when part of the senator's complaint was that the contractor supplied Volvo hearse instead of supplying ambulances,” the statement said adding that this was the situation until Senator Kashamu served out his term of office in June 2019.
The statement denied claims or insinuations that the items were diverted or taken somewhere for the personal use of the senator or any of his associates.
It added that if the matter the ICPC took to court had been determined, what it should have done was for the items to be delivered to the beneficiaries and not this unnecessary melodrama by the commission.
“It is shameful that the same agency that got Onamusi arrested, investigated and charged to court over the same items could turn round to claim recovery of the items that had been reported to it on the basis of some unfounded ‘intelligence’,” it said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Kashamu could face fresh troubles following the recovery of three ambulances and a 500KVA transformer supposedly meant as a constituency project.
The recovery was made by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Thursday, September 26.
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