The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Ekpo Nta, has clarified the decision by the anti-graft agency to seize 24 property and several cars from three officials of the Ministry of Niger Delta.
Nta who spoke on a Television programme in Abuja, explained that those property were excessive, having regards to their present emoluments and all other relevant circumstances.
According to a document from the office of the chairman dated 11 August, 2015 with the title ‘Notice of Seizure of Movable and Immovable Properties Pursuant to Section 45(4) a – (b) of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act 2000, the commission seized the property from the officials who are under investigation.
The Niger Delta ministry officers listed in the document are Poloma Kabiru Nuhu, Mangset Longyl Dickson and Daniel Obah.
The decision to seize the property had been served on the appropriate Land Registries and Departments in all the states where the property are situated.
According to the Chairman, “the commission is of the opinion based on the aforementioned investigation that these movable and immovable property owned by these people who are staff of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs are excessive, having regards to their present emoluments and all other relevant circumstances.”
“The chairman of ICPC has the powers to seize properties, and preventing those being investigated from selling them off until we conclude investigation and the matter has been charged to court or that we are of the estimation that your earnings cannot support it.
“The onus is on you to prove that these are properties you have acquired legitimately. The act of seizure does not mean that we have found you guilty, it is just to preserve the property.
“The next step is to go to court, you that I have siezed the property from can go to …Read More
Source:: New Mail