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Tinubu not joking about war on corruption – ICPC chairman

 

The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC),  Musa Aliyu, says President Bola Tinubu is fully committed to the war against corruption in the country.


Aliyu, who spoke during a media parley with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, said recent developments in the nation’s polity testified to Tinubu’s commitment to the anti-corruption fight.


Abujapress reports that Tinubu had recently suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu over alleged fraud even as the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, was summoned by the President over his reported link to a company that benefitted from a contract awarded by Edu.


“Mr President mean business.. , you have seen what is happening. The appointing authority has already sent a message which is in the public domain, and Mr President has consistently informed the public that he is ready to fight corruption in the country and like I said, you have seen what is happening.”


Aliyu, who promised to live above board in the discharge of his duties as ICPC chairman, said he would also be appearing in court in some of the cases being prosecuted by the anti-graft body.


“As the Chairman of ICPC, I will be appearing in court during prosecutions. If there’s a case I feel the need to go to the court, I will be there.


“This is one of the things I will do differently as the Chairman of ICPC,” he said.


While revealing his readiness to massively deploy Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Commission’s operations, Aliyu said without technology, ICPC would not be efficient in its operations.


Speaking further, the ICPC boss pledged to deepen

collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other security agencies to root out corruption from the country.


While soliciting the support of Nigerians particularly the youths in the fight against corruption, Aliyu, however, said there was no need for special courts to handle corruption cases as being clamoured for in some quarters.


Abujapress reports that Aliyu, who is a former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Jigawa State, was on 17 October, 2023, appointed as the new ICPC chairman by Tinubu.


 

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