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ICPC begins probe COVID-19 palliatives looted

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it is set to commence the investigation of the sources of looted items.

This was contained in a press statement obtained from the website of the organisation on Tuesday.

The statement was titled, ‘Palliatives looting: ICPC to investigate sources of looted items’.

ICPC said the probe was necessitated by the looting spree that ensued as a result of the protests across the country.

Nigerians had called on the ICPC to investigate and uncover the rationale behind the storage of palliative materials meant for the masses in warehouses across the country.

The anti-corruption agency also said agencies and ministries responsible for the distribution of COVID-19 palliative relief materials would be probed.

It assured Nigerians that the outcome of its findings would be made public.

The statement read, “It should be recalled that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission had earlier in the year taken proactive measures to prevent corruption in the administration of the COVID-19 funds by setting up a monitoring team that was charged with the responsibility of preventing possible abuse.

“In addition to the above, the Commission drew up ‘Guidelines for PTF Management of COVID-19 Relief Funds’ and issued an advisory on the management of the COVID-19 relief funds.

“The scope of the monitoring activities of ICPC did not cover CACOVID funds which were donated by individuals and private sector organizations as palliatives, but only the Federal Government funds used to procure relief materials and other palliatives.

“In view of the recent looting spree, ICPC will investigate the sources of goods looted from palliatives warehouses, the National Emergency Management Agency and private houses to unravel whether or not the properties looted were personally acquired, the government procured, CACOVID donated, or are empowerment materials which are part of the constituency projects initiative of the Federal Government.

“ICPC will also scale up the monitoring of Ministries, Departments and Agencies charged with the acquisition and distribution of COVID-19 palliative relief materials and make public its findings in due course.”

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