ICPC to investigate sources of looted palliatives

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said it sets out to uncover er the rationale behind the storage of palliative materials which are meant for the suffering masses across the country and which are supposed to have been distributed.

The Commission stated this in response to several public calls for investigation, and people continue to loot warehouses housing COVID-19 palliatives

“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 (NEMA) and private houses to unravel whether or not the properties looted were personally acquired, government procured, CACOVID donated, or are empowerment materials which are part of the constituency projects initiative of the Federal Government.” The statement reads.

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