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ICPC to investigate COVID-19 fraud


The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), on Thursday, announced that it is investigating alleged cases of corruption in the management of COVID-19 funds and palliatives.

The commission’s Director of Operations, Mr Akeem Lawal, made this known during a virtual meeting of stakeholders on the topic, “COVID-19 Funds Management and Monitoring”, on Thursday.

Lawal said some of the cases include alleged fraud by some participating public institution in the release and distribution of grains from strategic food reserve, NAN reports.

The ICPC official, who refused to disclose identity, said there were cases of state governments using the pandemic to “financially exploit local governments”.

He added that alleged infractions in the procurement of COVID-19 palliatives and logistics and community enlightenment activities.

According to him, there are other cases of diversion of “COVID-19 logistics and contingency emergency fund into personal account.
“In all cases of infraction, culprits will be investigated and prosecuted.”

He added that the ICPC is presently monitoring distribution of money and food under the Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme and the Home School Feeding Programme.

Lawal noted that the objective is to ensure transparency and accountability in the utilisation of COVID-19 funds as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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