Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Buhari Sacks ICPC Chairman


 The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, Ekpo Nta, has been sent on compulsory leave, the Vanguard is reporting. Insiders said the order for Nta to proceed on compulsory leave can only mean his sack by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Vanguard said it learnt on Tuesday that a letter from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, informed Nta that he should proceed on compulsory leave beginning from October 26.

 The source told Vanguard that the Chairman had earlier received two letters from the office of the SGF informing him to proceed on compulsory leave, which he allegedly ignored. Nta was appointed by President Jonathan in acting capacity in 2011 and was confirmed a year after by the Senate.

Vanguard said it gathered that at a meeting with President Buhari earlier this year, Nta had argued that his tenure would end on November 17, 2017, to which the President allegedly retorted that by his records, the tenure of the ICPC head ends on November 17, 2016. Vanguard said it learned that the Chairman plans to formally inform staff of the commission about his formal exit on Wednesday morning (today). Although no reason was given for the abrupt sack of the ICPC boss, Vanguard said it gathered that his handling of corruption cases against former governors may have nailed him.