…As ICPC orders immediate reconstruction of constituency project in Kwara***
The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari has met with the Presidential Probe Panel investigating allegations of gross misconduct against acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
The agenda of the meeting between Gambari and members of the panel headed by retired Justice Ayo Salami was unknown as at the time of filing this report. It was, however, gathered that the members of the panel used the opportunity of the meeting to congratulate Gambari over his appointment as the Chief of Staff to the President.
A presidency source had earlier confirmed that Magu was on Tuesday afternoon suspended from office following the ongoing investigation by the presidential panel.
According to the source, the suspension is meant to allow for probe into allegations against him.
The Maritime First also learnt that Magu, who appeared before the panel on Monday and Tuesday, has been given two days to present his defence lawyers from Lagos.
The Presidency source had earlier maintained that the ongoing interrogation of Magu, is to clear him of weighty allegations leveled against him.
The source also stated that the probe of the anti-graft boss was an affirmation that nobody under “the present administration is above scrutiny’’.
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He said that the investigation of the EFCC boss was to reinforce the Buhari administration’s commitment to transparency and accountability.
He affirmed that the holder of an elevated office such as the chairman of the EFCC must be above suspicion.
According to the source, the Buhari administration will not prejudge anyone because it can be counted on to uphold justice and fairness.
In another development, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has ordered a contractor to reconstruct a poorly executed constituency road project in Kwara.
The commission directed the contractor handling the rehabilitation of Igbaja-Idofin Constituency Road Project in Kwara South Senatorial District to reconstruct the culvert providing access road to Bale area within one week.
The ICPC Team Leader on Constituency Projects Tracking Group (CPTG) in Kwara, Mr Aminu Bala, gave the order on Tuesday during the project tracking tour of constituency projects.
Bala, who gave the directive while inspecting the level of work done on the Offa-Ojoku access road and the Igbaja-Idofin road rehabilitation projects, warned that ICPC would not compromise shoddy jobs.
“We will not allow this, this is public funds, we will take necessary action,” he said.
The ICPC official also asked the various communities in which those projects were sited to take ownership by ensuring that such projects were well protected.
The team also on Tuesday tracked solar borehole projects constructed in Kuntu, Ibagun community and Oju-Ekun/Sarumi Agbade.