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ICPC recovers misappropriated N2.5 billion from a dead civil servant’s account

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Nigeria’s anti-graft agency on Monday said it has recovered over N2.5 billion illegal payment in the bank account of a deceased staff of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.

Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission boss Bolaji Owasanoye at the second National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in Abuja.

Owasanoye said about N16 billion was recovered from the ministry of agriculture. The money he said was paid to an individual account for non-official purposes.

In the same ministry, the ICPC said it uncovered several payouts made to contractors for doing nothing. There were cases of inflated payments to contractors.

Owasanoye said the assets including 18 buildings, 12 business premises, and 25 plots of land were recovered from the ministry.

But it was not only the agric ministry that was indicted.

He said under Open Treasury Portal review carried out between January to August 15, 2020, out of 268 Ministries, Departments and Agendas (MDAs) 72 of them had cumulative infractions of N90 million.

He said while 33 MDAs tendered explanations that N4.1 billion was transferred to sub-TSA, N4.2 billion paid to individuals had no satisfactory explanations.

 

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Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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