By Fatima Mohammed Ali, Abuja
The Presidency has decided to give the embattled nominees for Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Board, Maimuna Aliyu and Sa’ad Alanmu, a fair hearing to defend themselves.
According to a source in the Aso Villa, after due consultation over the alleged corruption cases against the two nominees, the Presidency reached the conclusion that it is only right to give them the opportunity to clear their names.
The source said the cases of corruption against the nominees remained mere allegations until they were proved guilty.
He said investigation by the Presidency revealed that the allegations were fabrications by ‘enemies’ of Maimuna Aliyu who would stop at nothing to bring her down.
Aliyu, particularly, before her appointment as a member of the ICPC, was an ex insider at the Aso Savings and Loans in Abuja.
She had written a petition to the Inspector General of Police exposing an alleged looting of Aso Savings, including alleged threat to her life.
The petition reads in part, “Appeal For The Police To Step In And Investigate Aso Savings And Loans Plc” said “I am writing this petition against the backdrop of the colossal corruption and fraud in the above Bank and the efforts by Tunde Ayeni the former chairman of the bank and his protégé the present MD/CEO of the Bank Mr Adekunle Adedigba to eliminate me and my son in order to get me to keep quiet. I wish to draw the attention of the Management of the Police Special Fraud Unit to happenings in the bank which may not be new though, but because Mr Ayeni was apparently able to manoeuvre his way nothing was done to him to the detriment of the bank, its shareholders, to the depositors and staff of the Bank.”
It would be recalled that the Presidency had earlier vowed to conduct a speedy and thorough investigation on the affected persons who are being investigated for alleged corruption.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, had last Tuesday, approved the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC),Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye as chairman, Dr Grace N. Chinda,Okolo Titus, Barr. Obiora Igwedebi, Mrs Olubukola Balogun, Group Captain Sam Ewang (retd), Justice Adamu Bello, Hannatu Mohammed, Abdullahi Maikano Saidu, Dr Sa’ad Alanamu, Yahaya Umar Dauda Khamis Ahmed Mailantarki and Maimuna Aliyu as members while Prof. Musa Usman Abubakar is Secretary.