By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has refuted a report that its chairman, Ekpo Nta, had been directed to proceed on compulsory leave from Wednesday.
Vanguard newspaper had on Wednesday reported that the ICPC boss may have been sacked by the presidency.
The report, quoting an ICPC source on Tuesday, said a letter from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation informed Mr. Nta that he should proceed on compulsory leave from Wednesday, October 26.
But in a statement on Wednesday, the spokesperson of ICPC, Edet Ufot, disclaimed the report. It stated that no such letter had been received in the commission.
“The attention of the Management of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has been drawn to the report in the Vanguard newspaper of 26th October, 2016 authored by one Ben Agande and replicated under different titles by some other online and traditional publications.
“The report purports that ICPC is in receipt of a letter from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, informing the Chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta, ‘to proceed on compulsory leave beginning from today, October 26’. It goes further to impute perceived reasons for the alleged “sack” of the Chairman while quoting an anonymous ‘ICPC source’.
“No such letter or letters have been received in the Commission”, the statement stated.
The statement further disclosed that the ICPC had called the attention of relevant authorities to the matter for appropriate action.