The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission(ICPC) has seized 62 houses belonging to a female public officer in Nigeria. Chairman of the anti-graft commission, Mr. Ekpo Nta, disclosed this while fielding questions from journalists at the Akwa Ibom Anti-Corruption Summit in Uyo on Tuesday. According to Eta, the matter is in the court and the properties will be confiscated by the Federal Government after litigation.
Eta said, “How would the commission address unexplained wealth by public officers? The commission has a mandate to ask anybody to explain the source of his or her wealth. The commission has the power to issue an interim seizure order to any public officer to explain the source of their wealth. Through that order, the commission has seized 62 houses from one female officer, the matter is still in court and the property will be confiscated by the FG after litigation.There are many facets of corruption in Nigeria. The commission will stop at nothing to bring anyone found to have contravened the anti-corruption crusade to book.”
Speaking on the theme, “Transparency and Accountability: A Panacea for Good Governance and Sustainable Development”, Eta said the anti-corruption war had yielded good results in the country, while cautioning public office holders not to live above their incomes. He further said that the commission had retrieved 40 vehicles that were stolen by some retired directors of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, while over 400 corruption cases are pending in different courts in the country.