The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission says it has arrested and detained four commissioners in the administration of former Governor of Kogi State, Cpt. Idris Wada (retd.), over alleged fraud.
Spokesman of the commission, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.
Okoduwa identified the ex-commissioners as Kayode Olowomoran (Culture and Tourism), Abdulrahman Wuya (Transport); Godwin Onama (Works) and Ali Ajuh (Budget and Planning).
She said the suspects’ arrest followed ICPC’s investigations into an alleged misapplication of a N2bn SME loan they secured from the Central Bank of Nigeria on behalf of the state.
According to her, they acted in connivance with the former governor, his Accountant-General, Ibrahim Idakwo; and a former Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Commerce, Frank Onoja.
“Preliminary investigations by the Commission also revealed that the suspects allegedly partook in the mismanagement of another N8bn bond that was raised to fund 57 projects across the state.
“The large sums of monies released for the projects were allegedly far beyond the levels of work done.
“Furthermore, the suspects are alleged to have benefited from illegal deductions to the tune of N1.3bn made from the funds of 21 local government councils in the state by the same administration,” Okoduwa said.
The ICPC spokesperson said the suspects would remain in custody until they fulfill the administrative bail conditions granted them by the Commission, while investigations continue.
Nigerian Youth Have Right To Protest, Says President Buhari
Nigerian youths have taken to the streets to call for an end to widespread police brutality.
Despite the protest, security agents have clamped down on protesters in Oyo, Abuja, Lagos and other parts of the country.
Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with Buhari on Monday, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare quoted Buhari as saying that it was the right of the youths to protest and make certain demands from their leaders.
According to the minister, the president asked the protesters to give his administration time to address their demands as the team set up has already gone to work.
#EndSARS Protest: Edo Govt Sets-Up Judicial Panel
In a bid to quell the ongoing #EndSARS protest, the Edo State Government has set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate cases of police brutality in Edo State.
Secretary to the state government, Osarodion Ogie made this announcement in a statement on Monday
He said the panel is set up, “in response to the yearnings of Nigerian youths, as articulated in the demands of the #EndSars protesters.”
The members of the panel are to receive complaints and petitions from the general public, particularly victims or relatives of victims of police brutality and extra-judicial killings, and to recommend measures, including compensation and restitution, investigation, and prosecution, as the circumstances warrant.
Hoodlums attack Rapid Response Squad officers in Lagos (Video)
Thugs have forced men of the Rapid Response Squad, Lagos state police command to flee for their dear lives after attacking their van.
The incident happened along Herbert Macaulay way in Yaba on Monday morning October 19.
The thugs threw stones and other dangerous weapons at the officers who immediately jumped down from the van and started running for their lives.
The state police command is yet to react to the incident.
RRS officers run for their lives after thugs attacked their van in Lagos (videos)RRS officers run for their lives after thugs attacked their van in Lagos (videos)
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