Acting President Yemi Osinbajo
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has withdrawn the nomination of two board members of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other offences Commission, ICPC, five days after they were nominated.
The two nominees identified as Maimuna Aliyu and Sa’ad Alanamu from the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other offences Commission, ICPC were named by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo despite being under investigation for corruption by anti-graft agencies.
A report by ICIR, Mr. Alanamu is being investigated for corrupt acts allegedly committed when he headed a higher education institution in Kwara State, while Ms. Aliyu is said to have a longstanding case of abuse of office, misappropriation and diversion of public funds against her; for crimes allegedly committed when she held sway as the head of marketing at Aso Savings and Loans limited.
Revealing details on Osinbajo's decision in a series of tweets on Sunday, spokesperson to Mr. Osinbajo, Laolu Akande, said the government decided to withdraw their nominations due to ongoing investigation against the nominees.
“We are stepping down 2 of the new ICPC board nominees who have ongoing investigation issues with the commission as this presents a conflict.
“This case presents a peculiarity as we have confirmed that the agency in which they are to serve is indeed investigating the two of them.
“A basic check showed no court convictions against them. But when weighty petitions come up this administration ‘ll always do the right thing.
“While existence of allegations or petitions against someone shouldn’t necessarily disqualify them from considerations for appointments,” Mr. Akande said.
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