The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, is set to begin the interrogation of 21 serving federal permanent secretaries, 79 Directors and other top civil servants for alleged corruption running to the tune of over N6.9 trillion.
A highly placed source at the ICPC yesterday told Nigerian Pilot on Saturday that the commission was at the verge of completing investigations on these highly placed civil servants.
slide2According to the source, investigations so far carried by the operatives of the ICPC, has revealed that over N6.9trillion looted funds were discovered in various accounts traced to some top civil servants, who mostly used fake accounts in some new generation banks.
Further, the source the ICPC’s investigations have shown that civil servants are actually the termites eating deep into funds meant for the commonweal and getting away with it, while politicians are daily blamed for profile corruption.
He said that most of the looted funds were siphoned through false payments and award of fake contracts, and often times payments were made six to seven times on one particular payment vouture (PV).
The source added that the operatives of the commission were able to uncover the fraud amounting to whooping sum of N1.3trillion paid to ghost workers alone.
Already, the anti-corruption operatives, who have been sent after ‘super rich’ public officers who have multiple properties and other assets suspected to have been received as grafts, are strictly scrutinizing the books of civil servants that possess many properties in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
Nigerian pilot on Saturday gathered that the Assets Tracing, Recovery and Management has been strengthened with more personnel and asked to haul in suspects for interrogation and recovery of unmerited assets in their possession.
An operative at the ICPC in the investigation department, who also confided in our correspondents, said the ICPC was using the anti-corruption transparency unit of the commission in ministries, departments and agencies to coordinate the ongoing investigation of the “super rich” civil servants in the country.
It was learnt that the ICPC was relying on petitions from civil servants and the ACTU operatives to carry out its investigations with special attention to civil servants who have more than three properties and a fleet of cars and who live beyond their income.
Although the source did not mention the number of civil servants that had been quizzed in relation to the new move to check fraud in the civil service, it was learnt that several personnel of the civil service had been placed under watch by the ICPC.
The source, said any civil servant found to have compromised his office to acquire wealth would be charged to court after the proceeds of the corrupt acts would have been confiscated by the Federal Government.
“The ICPC is intensifying efforts to retrieve some of these stolen assets from those involved. You know that the commission has a unit called the Assets Tracing, Recovery and Management Unit. This is the unit that is involved in probing those who have such assets with stolen funds.
“In fact the operatives are working very discreetly on the issue but the focus of the ICPC’s probe is the civil service,” the source said adding that the ICPC was re4sponding to the worries expressed by the federal government about the spate of corruption among in the civil service.
The Ahmed Joda Transition Committee has also lamented the corruption and inefficiency in the civil service.


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