ICPC Summons Ogun Speaker, Others For N168m Scam

ICPC Summons Ogun Speaker, Others For N168m Scam

The Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, is to appear before the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission on Monday (today) over an alleged N168m car scam.

ICPC Summons Ogun Speaker, Others For N168m Scam

The Speaker and the other principal officers of the House, our correspondent gathered, were invited to the ICPC Abuja headquarters over an alleged contract inflation in the purchase of 28 Toyota Avensis cars for the 26 members of the Assembly.

Adekunbi is to appear before the commission along with the Clerk of the House, Mr. Muyiwa Adenopo, deputy clerk and other principal officers of the Assembly.

Our correspondent learnt that the commission was acting on a petition written against the leadership of the Assembly by an unidentified person.

A source close to the House, who pleaded anonymity, said the Speaker and others had already received the letters of invitation from the ICPC.

Several calls put to Adenopo to respond to the development did not go through. He also did not reply to the SMS sent to him as at press time.

However, the ICPC Resident Media Consultant, Mr. Folu Olamiti, told our correspondent on the telephone that the Speaker and others had been invited to appear before the anti-graft agency today in Abuja.

He said, “Yes, the Speaker and others have been invited but I don’t have the details.”

Meanwhile, the commission has called on Nigerians to develop a positive mindset in the fight against graft in the country.

A statement on Sunday by Olamiti said the commission’s chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta, made the plea in Kaduna during the inauguration of National Anti-Corruption Volunteer Corps.

Nta, who was represented by a member of ICPC, Alhaji Abdullai Ado Bayero, said Nigerians should be positive as the ICPC had embarked on a number of preventive strategies and initiatives to check fraud in the country.

One of such initiatives, he said, was the establishment of the NAVC.

According to him, the NAVC was established to domicile the fight against corruption in the people.

Nta said, “We should all be involved in the struggle to stamp out corruption. A situation where the battle is seen as government’s business alone is not good for sustainability of the crusade.”

Source: Naij.com

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