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Dropped ICPC board nominee alleges set up, pleads innocence of graft charges

One of the dropped nominees into the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, Hajia Maimuna Aliyu has absolved herself of any financial crimes.

Reacting to the news indicating that the Presidency had decided to withdraw her nomination as a board member in a statement she issued on Monday, she however blamed some directors of the bank where she worked for the eventual collapse of the bank.

In the statement, a copy of which was received by our correspondent blamed the collapse of the bank, she named as Aso Savings and Loans PLC to alleged infractions and frauds committed by a former director, Mr. Tunde Ayeni and his protégé; Mr. Adekunle Adedigba.

According to Aliyu, she petitioned the Economic Financial and other Crimes Commission (EFCC),  Directorate of State Security [DSS], Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria [CBN] over happenings in the now defunct financial house.

She added that she also petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and related offences [ICPC] and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

“It is interesting to note that two clear months after I submitted the petition with weighty allegations against the Aso Savings and the persons earlier mentioned, nothing has been done about it, but they were quick to go to press that I was being investigated to deny me of the appointment earlier made by the Acting President.” She stated.

While expressing hopes that the truth on the matter would be revealed one day, she added “I have been harassed and openly embarrassed as a result of this but I am resolute that the truth will vindicate me.

“It is important to note that being investigated does not amount to being guilty or culpable of the issues of investigation. Even when there are issues to clear, the final destination is the court of competent jurisdiction before any verdict can be passed on anyone.”

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