ICPC seizes 62 houses from female officer

ICPC seizes 62 houses from female officer
February 08 09:50 2017

The Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, Ekpo Nta, on Tuesday said the commission has seized 62 houses from a female public officer.

The ICPC boss told journalists that property will be confiscated by government after litigation.

He said public officers must be able to explain their sources of wealth especially if their legitimate income is not sufficient to explain their lifestyle.

“How would the commission address unexplained wealth by public officers? The commission has a mandate to ask anybody to explain the source of his or her wealth. The commission has the power to issue an interim seizure order to any public officer to explain the source of their wealth.

“Through that order, the commission has seized 62 houses from one female officer, the matter is still in court and the property will be confiscated by the FG after litigation,” he said while fielding questions from reporters at the Akwa Ibom Anti-Corruption Summit in Uyo

Nta, who spoke on the theme, “Transparency and Accountability: A Panacea for Good Governance and Sustainable Development,” said the anti-corruption crusade of the present administration is yielding results.

“There are many facets of corruption in Nigeria. The commission will stop at nothing to bring anyone found to have contravened the anti-corruption crusade to book,” he said.

He noted that the commission had retrieved 40 vehicles that were stolen by some retired directors of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.

Nta explained that the commission was prosecuting over 400 corruption cases in different courts in the country, noting that those found guilty at the end of the trial would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

He added that the commission had taken a step further by launching the anti-corruption campaign in institutions of higher learning and among the members of the National Youth Service Corps.

He said that an anti-corruption module had long been introduced into the curriculum of the University of Calabar, maintaining that such a measure would go a long way in entrenching moral values in students.

Nta explained that the ICPC had inaugurated anti-corruption clubs in orientation camps, noting that such measures had assisted the commission in detecting and arresting about 42 fake corps members at orientation camps recently.

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, frowned on what he described as illicit cash of about $157bn leaving the shores of Nigeria through corrupt means.

He urged Nigerians to change their mindset and live within their legitimate means.