22 May 2018

Nigeria: ICPC Denies Clearing Civil Servant of Fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, (ICPC) has denied clearing all allegations of fraud against a staff of the Federal Ministry of Education, Stephen Ola.

Mr Ola had in a statement on May 16 claimed he was unjustly detained by Nigeria's State Security Service (SSS), for allegedly defrauding a prospective job seeker, despite been cleared of the same allegations by the ICPC.

In a statement from Mr Ola's wife, Elizabeth Ola, which was circulated to journalists in Abuja, the accused said the SSS was unjustly detaining him and demanded a compensation of N500 million.

The statement said Mr Ola was also making the demands through his wife because he had been denied access to his lawyers and family members, since his arrest on April 27.

The demands were contained in a fundamental rights suit brought before a Federal Capital Territory High Court.

PREMIUM TIMES contacted the spokesperson for the ICPC, Rasheedat Okoduwa, to ascertain the claim of clearance made by Mr Ola.

In a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, as a reply to our calls and messages, Mrs. Okoduwa said the detainee was never cleared of the allegation, as claimed.

"The attention of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC has been drawn to a report that a Stephen Ejembi Ola of the Federal Ministry of Education is going about claiming that the commission cleared him of allegations of fraud contained in a petition it received.

"The Commission wishes to state categorically that it has not cleared Stephen Ejembi Ola of the allegations of fraud against him.

"Members of the public are therefore advised to take note," the statement said.


Sublime Soul Diva Who Demanded Respect, Which Will be Forever Given

It is no coincidence that two of Aretha Franklin’s celebrated contemporaries who travelled to Detroit to see the… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 Premium Times. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.