Eight senior civil servants in the employ of the Oyo State government were yesterday invited again by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over an alleged N8.5billion scam in the state . Also, the six former commissioners in the state under the immediate past administration of Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala invited by the commission on Tuesday, May 31, this year, over the alleged scam resurfaced yesterday at the Ibadan office of the anti-graft commission. LEADERSHIP learnt that the eight top government functionaries stormed the ICPC headquarters in Abuja with files and documents relating to the alleged award of the controversial N8.5billion contracts as the anti-graft commission intensified investigations into the alleged scam.
Sources hinted that the files were requested by the ICPC following findings in the written statements made by the six commissioners on their alleged roles in the scam, hence the need for the anti-graft body to verify some of the claims made by the former commissioners when they were quizzed and detained by the ICPC late last month. It was learnt that, as at the time of sending this report, the eight senior civil servants were still at the ICPC headquarters in Abuja while the commission’s investigators were still busy vetting the documents brought by the civil servants.
The six former commissioners, it was learnt, arrived the ICPC office in Bodija area of Ibadan at exactly 10am in connection with the ongoing investigations by the commission concerning the alleged scam. It was gathered that the former commissioners, upon being granted bail by the commission, were mandated to be reporting at the ICPC office in Ibadan every Monday pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigations into the alleged N8.5billion scam.
The former commissioners were said to have been restricted from travelling out of the country until the final conclusion of the ongoing investigations on their alleged roles in the said scam. The six commissioners were on Tuesday, May 31, quizzed by ICPC after reporting at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja following invitations extended to them .
Confirming the story, the resident media consultant to the ICPC, Mr. Folu Olamiti, said the civil servants were invited, but denied that the suspects were restricted from travelling abroad. He added that investigation was still ongoing.