Thursday, November 7, 2013

ICPC seizes 61 houses from civil defence official

The Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences
Commission, Mr. Ekpo Nta, disclosed on Thursday that the agency
seized 61 houses from an official of the Nigerian Security and Civil
Defence Corps.
He also said 45 plots of land were seized from the agency officials in
various locations within the Federal Capital Territory.
Nta made the disclosure when he appeared before an Ad-Hoc Committee of
the House of Representatives investigating alleged land-swap
allocations and racketeering in the FCT.
He added that bank accounts used by land syndicates were also frozen
by the agency.
He explained that the anti-graft agency began an investigation
following a complaint by the Commandant-General of the NSDC, Dr. Ade
Abolurin, who raised the alarm that his men were involved in dubious
land deals.
According to him, victims were lured to buy plots of land in
non-existing estates in the FCT and Nasarawa State.
Nta added, "Impressed by the action of the Commandant-General of the
Corps by reporting his own officials for alleged wrong doings and
demanding an independent investigation while other heads of agencies
or organisations will be covering up if it were their own
organisations, I commenced an immediate investigation by directing the
Special Squad I set up on land matters to swing into action. The team
even started with some officers whom the CG came with.
"We made findings, we made efforts to get additional information from
other government agencies and banks, which assisted us immensely in
the course of our investigations. In the course of the investigation,
we established that six different companies were used in the scam. We
froze the bank accounts of certain officers and the companies used.
"We seized several property including 61 houses, 45 plots of land and
a duplex traced to some of the officers. Interestingly, the 61 houses,
made up of 40 units of three bedroom flats, 20 units of two bedroom
flats and a duplex, were seized from a single officer."

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