The Independent Corrupt Practices and other offences Commission (ICPC) has started investigating four former governors over allegations of financial mismanagement.
The four ex-governors are Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, Sullivan Chime of Enugu, Ibrahim Shema of Katsina and Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano.
Four investigative teams departed from Abuja on Monday to the states of Rivers, Enugu, Katsina and Kano to check the accuracy of the financial statements of the former governors.
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“We will ensure that we thoroughly investigate all allegations brought before us so that nobody would be left in doubt about our commitment to fighting corruption,” told the press the source inside ICPC who declined to be identified, adding that “the [ICPC ] chairman has dispatched a team to the affected states and they are expected to report back in the next two weeks.”
Speaking on conditions of anonymity, the source concluded that if found guilty nobody would be spared from punishment.
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Despite ICPC didn’t confirm the fact of on-going investigations against ex-governors officially yet, it is rumoured that the investigative teams focus on the allegations of possible corrupt practices concerning the shady tenders of contracts awarded to relatives and friends of the then-governors.
Six days ago the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has begun a probe into the administration of the former governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi.
The probe is based on a petition by a Port Harcourt-based group, the Integrity Group, which on July 29 wrote to the EFCC detailing three instances of alleged corruption, graft and abuse of office under Amaechi’s government.