Godswill Akpabio: ICPC leadership and its media charade


Godswill Akpabio:  ICPC leadership and its media charade

Who is the leadership of ICPC trying to sway with their latest publication on seizure of property linked to Godswill Akpabio?  Is it the presidency that already knows the monumental rot in that organization and ordered through the Attorney General’s for reopening of case files involving monumental frauds?  This seems the position of some observers from the Presidency over alleged compromised cases of investigation, missing files and one-sidedness that has characterized the ICPC leadership under its current Chairman Ekpo Nta and his team of investigators.

LeadingReporters who has been at the fore of exposing the unholy romance between the Akwa Ibom State born ICPC Chairman and the former governor of that State, currently a serving Senator – Godswill Akpabio.  A source who pleaded anonymity alleged that Senator Akpabio was desperately reaching out to the ICPC Chairman who expectedly would proceed on his terminal leave by 29th August, to destroy his case file thereby making it difficult for President Buhari-led government to reopen case of official embezzlement against him when he held sway as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State.

Upon LeadingReporters publication of 1st August, captioned “Clean up my past now:  Akpabio allegedly appealing to ICPC Chairman”, the leadership of ICPC has sponsored publication on some national dailies informing the general public that it has seized one of the assets of Senator Akpabio.  A presidency source who spoke to one of our lead reporters described the exercise as total waste of time and resources.

The most ridiculous being that the said notice sponsored on 12th of August on some national dailies claimed to have been authored by the Chairman of ICPC on 24th May, 2016.  So the question now is why will you keep a notice for ages only to publish it when the issues are in public domain?  That does not look too smart enough?

“For Heaven’s sake, no one is a dullard here as not to be able to know that the publication done to notify general public of seizure of property linked to Akpabia is a sheer media charade and make-believe.  It is very simply to believe the publication is striving to give false impression to the President and to Nigerians that a case that has been lying unattended to for years has just resurfaced with seizure of property.  It shows a leadership that has long compromised on its core functions.  Don’t forget that Akpabio has claimed to have helped the ICPC Chairman in many ways and demands in return for a soft-exit”

Our source claimed that ICPC leadership is by day exposing its incompetence in handling balanced investigation, otherwise how could the said seizure of the property come only when it has been brought to the knowledge of the public and after the letter from the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice ordering that cases involving monumental financial crimes be reopened and people found culpable prosecuted?

It goes further to justify the allegation in some quarters that ICPC only delves into investigation of cases after EFCC has concluded theirs.  It is alleged that the heads of both the Investigation and Financial Intelligence Unit of ICPC device this strategy as a way of extorting from those that have corruption allegations hanging on their necks.

It would be recalled that Senator Godswill Akpabio has been in the centre of allegation bordering on massive diversion of over N100b of State’s fund for personal aggrandizement.  Among few of the exotic properties linked to Akpabio include: A multi-billion Naira mansion at plot 5, Okogosi Spring Close, off Katsina-Ala Crescent, Maitama, Abuja.  Another multi-billion Naira mansion at 22, Probyn Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.  Others are a multi-billion Naira Mansion at Plot 23 Olusegun Aina Street, Parkview, Lagos, a multi-billion naira 25-story building at Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.  Another property linked to Akpabio, purportedly acquired in his wife’s name is located at No. 25B Tennessee Crescent, Off Panama Street, Maitama, Abuja {precisely the one ICPC claims it has seized}


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