ICPC! Boss denies receiving compulsory leave letter

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, on Wednesday said it did not receive any letter mandating its Chairman, Ekpo Nta, to proceed on compulsory retirement leave.

Spokesman of the Commission, Edet Ufot, in a statement in Abuja said some national dailies on Wednesday published that Nta had been mandated to proceed on compulsory retirement leave.

Ufot noted that the publications claimed that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, had written to the ICPC boss, mandating him to proceed on leave.

Ufot said: “The report purports that ICPC is in receipt of a letter from the SGF informing the Chairman to proceed on compulsory leave beginning from October 26.

“It went further to impute perceived reasons for the alleged `sack’ of the chairman, quoting an anonymous ICPC source.

“However, no such letter or letters have been received in the Commission.”

Ufot added that ICPC had called the attention of relevant authorities to the publication for appropriate action.

Nta was appointed by President Jonathan in acting capacity in 2011 and was confirmed a year after by the Senate.

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