The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property has recovered 18 jeeps belonging to the National Population Commission (NPC), LEADERSHIP Friday has gathered. The vehicles, which are parked at the car park of the Eagle Square, Abuja, were recovered from former public officials of the NPC.
LEADERSHIP Friday recalls that the present administration in a bid to recover assets belonging to the federal government which were either stolen or diverted by politicians and civil servants, inaugurated the panel headed by Chief Okoi Obono Obla.
The panel was set up in line with the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provisions) Act Cap R4, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
Within three months of its inauguration, the panel, it was gathered, recorded remarkable milestones by recovering a quarry, four houses and 86 luxury vehicles in Abuja from the director, Finance and Accounts, Ministry of Works, Housing and Power, Ibrahim Tumsah, with 23 of the vehicles believed to be bullet proof.
The 18 vehicles recently recovered which are under the custody of the panel, will soon be handed over to the population commission, it was gathered.
But findings showed that some of the members of the investigative panel who were drawn from the Nigeria Police, Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and others from ministries and agencies don’t have offices to work.
It was discovered that lack of office accommodation is hampering the activities of the panel.
Sources say lack of logistics and good office accommodation is affecting serious investigations of the panel.
A visit to the office yesterday showed that most of the panel members and staff are managing an abandoned structure of Federal Ministry of Power without enough chairs.
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