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ICPC to investigate sources of looted palliatives

The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Prof Bolaji Owasanoye

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission on Tuesday said it would investigate the sources of the COVID-19 relief materials looted by the hoodlums across the country.

The commission, in a statement by its spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, said this was in response to the growing demands by Nigerians urging the ICPC to probe why relief materials meant for the suffering Nigerians were still stocked in the warehouses.

“It should be recalled that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission had earlier in the year taken proactive measures to prevent corruption in the administration of the COVID-19 funds by setting up a monitoring team that was charged with the responsibility of preventing possible abuse.

“In addition to the above, the Commission drew up ‘Guidelines for PTF Management of COVID-19 Relief Funds’ and issued an advisory on the management of the COVID-19 relief funds.

“The scope of the monitoring activities of ICPC did not cover CACOVID funds which were donated by individuals and private sector organizations as palliatives, but only the Federal Government funds used to procure relief materials and other palliatives.

“In view of the recent looting spree, ICPC will investigate the sources of goods looted from palliatives warehouses, the National Emergency Management Agency and private houses to unravel whether or not the properties looted were personally acquired, the government procured, CACOVID donated, or are empowerment materials which are part of the constituency projects initiative of the Federal Government.

“ICPC will also scale up the monitoring of Ministries, Departments and Agencies charged with the acquisition and distribution of COVID-19 palliative relief materials and make public its findings in due course,” she said.

She assured Nigerians that the outcome of its findings would be made public soon.