Chairman, ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta
By Reuben Buhari
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) yesterday said it had so far recovered about N14 billion as unspent funds on personnel cost from ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) for 2011 and 2012.
Chairman of the commission, Mr. Ekpo Nta, while giving an-end-of-year briefing on achievements of the ICPC, said about N24 million was recovered as irregular payments by MDAs.
It was gathered that aside from assets seizures from defaulters, the ICPC currently has about N500 million as recovery money in its recovery accounts.
While also revealing that the ICPC had arrested 33 persons in connection with different visa scams, the chairman said their offences include the falsification and forgeries of visa and accompanying documents as well as presentation of false note requests and other accompanying documents.
The achievement of the ICPC for 2013, according to him, include the filling of 43 cases in courts, getting seven convictions, winning 16 civil matters, and losing two cases, while preparing to appeal them.
He admitted that the ICPC had faced some hectic challenges in 2013, but had remained undeterred in its fight against corruption and corrupt persons which had yielded successes.
“As a result of spreading our tentacles to more areas of the fight, successes have been recorded, huge sums of money recovered for the federal government. We have recorded more convictions this year than any other single year since the inception of the commission,” he said.
Speaking further, he said: “About 632 of ICPC members of staff attended training locally in 2013 and another 45 attended various international training,” he said, adding that the incoming year would witness more result from the ICPC.