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ICPC seizes 61 houses from NSCDC official

Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, Mr.  Ekpo Nta, announced on Thursday that the agency had seized 61 houses as well as 45 plots of land from officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.

The 61 houses were seized from a single official.

Nta said the seized properties were scattered in various locations within the Federal Capital Territory.

He made the disclosure when he appeared before an Ad-Hoc Committee of the House of Representatives investigating alleged land-swap allocations and racketeering in the FCT.

The ICPC boss explained that the anti-graft agency began an investigation following a complaint by the Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Dr. Ade Abolurin, that his men were involved in dubious land deals.

Nta said, “Impressed by the action of the Commandant-General of the Corps by reporting his own officials for alleged wrong doings and demanding for an independent investigation while other heads of agencies or organisations will be covering up if it were their own organisations, I commenced an immediate investigation by directing the Special Squad I set up on land matters to swing into action.

“The team even started with some officers whom the CG came with.

“We made findings; we made efforts to get additional information from other government agencies and banks, which assisted us immensely in the course of our investigations.

“In the course of the investigation, we established that six different companies were used in the scam, we froze the bank accounts of certain officers and the companies used.

“We seized several properties, including 61 houses, 45 plots of land and a duplex traced to some of the officers.

“Interestingly, the 61 houses made up of 40 units of three bedroom flats, 20 units of two bedroom flats and a duplex were seized from a single officer.”

Meanwhile, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, on Thursday lamented  that the various anti-corruption agencies in the country were helpless in the fight against corruption.

Tambuwal said both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the ICPC had not been able to curb the rising cases of official corruption and embezzlement of public funds.

He spoke at the inauguration of the Nigerian Association of Public Accounts Committees in Abuja.

Tambuwal said, “Despite existence of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, cases of officials corruption is on the increase every day.”

“If our audit system is efficient and effective, agencies like the EFCC and ICPC would really have less work to do. Right now these agencies are up to their necks with cases and yet stories of embezzlement of public funds keep coming.”

Tambuwal was represented at the event by the House Deputy Minority Whip, Garba Datti.

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