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Amaechi, Kwankwaso, Others Face ICPC Probe

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Following series of financial impropriety petitions against the former governor of Rivers State, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, and other former governors, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has set up a task force to probe their stewardships in their respective states.

The former governors on the anti graft agency’s watch list include Barr. Sullivan Chime of Enugu, Barr. Ibrahim Shema of Katsina and Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano States.

It was gathered that top operatives of the commission working in the task force had been dispatched to the states to carry out the probe of the affected former governors.

A top operative of the commission who pleaded anonymity disclosed that the other former governors on the waiting list are Mr. Raji Fashola of Lagos State, Godswiil Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State and Alhaji Sule Lamido of Jigawa State.

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The source said that the ICPC was not considering political parties or association in its response to allegations of corruption made against the affected personalities in the petition.

The source said, “It is true that we are going after eight former governors. The investigation against four of the former governors of Rivers, Katsina, Kano and Enugu has commenced.

“However, the commission has listed four other former governors who are on the waiting list because of petitions against them. They are the immediate past governors of Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi and Jigawa States.

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“A Special Task Force was set up by the Chairman of the commission last week to coordinate the investigation in the states. So we are reopening the petitions through the Chairman of the Special Task Force.”

The probe is coming on the heels of a recent move by the ICPC to move 47 crack detectives to the states and the zones to strengthen them in the fight against graft in the society.

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