By Adenike Lucas
The Vice and acting President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo has been told to “go back to the drawing board” following details of corruption over his recent announcement of appointment of member of the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Offences Commission, ICPC.
Last week, Professor Osinbajo nominated Bolaji Owasanoye, the Executive Secretary of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, as the new Chairman of the ICPC.
Also appointed as members of the ICPC are Dr. Grace N. Chinda, Okolo Titus M., Barr. Obiora Igwedebia, Mrs. Olubukola Balogun, Group Capt. Sam Ewang (rtd.), Justice Adamu Bello, Hannatu Mohammed and Abdullahi Maikano Saidu.
Others are Dr. Sa’ad Alanamu, Yahaya Umar Daud, Khamis Ahmed Mailantarki, Maimuna Aliyu. Prof. Musa Usman Abubakar was nominated to serve as secretary.
However, the Presidency has since admitted that two of the nominees, Aliyu and Alanmu “have ongoing investigation issues with the commission.”
The Senior Special Assistant Media and Publicity to Professor Osinbajo, has since said that the nomination of the two nominees would be stepped down.
However, the fact that two people who were being investigated by the same anti-corruption agency were appointed as board members as raised doubts about the “integrity of others.”
Pebbles News said: “You withdrew only two among all your nominees for alleged corruption, how are we certain about the Integrity of others.”
The handler of the media group advised that all nominees should be sent back to #DSS for “Security Check”.
“If this Image of the Govt must be redeemed, two issues are very expedient and should be applied soonest.
“These include; 1/ Immediate “Security Check” by #DSS on all Nominees. 2/ Reaffirm the Power of #DSS in Magu of EFCC scenario.
“Then, may be few and not all, among Nigerians will begin to take the VP seriously. Otherwise, all this is Charade and huge JOKE!”
New claims of corruption have now been made about a third nominee, Sam Ewang. Sources in the government explained that State Services who is obligated to screen nominees was side lined in this selection exercise.
In the past, the Department of State Services, DSS provided a detailed report that indicted Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Subsequently, the Senate was unable to confirm Mr Magu’s nomination as the fourth chairman of the anti-graft agency in March this year.
The appointment of Mr Owasanoye is subject to the confirmation of the Senate. Calls have been made for the security outfit to screen him immediately to avoid further embarrassments for the government.
Security officers believe that the DSS was not asked to run the mandatory check so that those in charge with selection can “manoeuvre their way into keeping those with tainted character.”
Reacting to the latest news of a third member been indicted, twitter users have lambasted Professor Osinbajo, who they say also failed to screen Mr Magu before putting his name to the Senate last year when President Muhammadu Buhari was away on vacation.
DENISAURUS News who has always warned that the DSS’ recommendation must always be headed to so as to avoid embarrassment has received a deluge of complaint about Mr Magu from EFCC workers over the past one and a half years.
Back in May, this online newspaper was reliably informed and exclusive broke the news that Nigeria’s Financial Intelligence Unit was suspended from a crucial server needed in the fight against corruption.