The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has ordered the Enugu State government to recover nine properties allocated to non public servants of the state during the Sullivan Chime administration.
The individuals and private companies were allocated choice properties at the Government Reserved Area (GRA) by the then Chime administration in contravention of the state government’s Monetisation Policy.
However, the recovery order which is contained in the report of Investigation Activities by ICPC with reference number ICPC/INV/MDA/CH/003 sent to the secretary to the State Governmet by Nta Ekpo, immediate past ICPC chairman, maintained studied silence on its findings on government property located at No 3 Mount Street, GRA, Enugu, hitherto occupied by the General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Nigeria Army, Major-General Shehu Yusuf.
Ekpo who sent the recovery order to the SSG on 12th January, 2016, expressly stated that the affected properties were “allocated to non public officers of the state in violation of the provisions of the ICPC Act No 5 of 2000.
“The allocations also contravenes the Circular Number ENS/HOS/X.21/Vol.11/141 and ENS/HOS/X.21/Vol.11/182 issued on the Monetisation Policy by the state government.
“In view of the above, all the nine properties allocated to the underlisted should be recovered and revert back to Enugu State government and all monies paid by them refunded,” ICPC stated.
The affected property, according to the anti graft agency were fraudulently allocated by the Sullivan administration in violation of anti graft laws.
The properties includes No 34 Abakaliki Road, GRA, Enugu, for the former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Muazu. He did not pay for the property and ICPC instructed it should be recovered and nothing refunded to him.
The other is at No 16 Park Avenue, GRA Enugu given to former Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Allison Madueke for N26.86 million; No 46/49 Abakaliki Road, GRA Enugu given to Elgato Development Ltd at A cost of N32.11 million.
Others are No. 6 Cattarnach Street, GRA Enugu given to Chief James Okwute at the cost of N8.7 million; No 4 Cattarnach Street, GRA Enugu given to Chief Ralph Nwoye at the cost of N5.5 million; and another at No 25 Devon Street, GRA Enugu given to former factional chairman of PDP in the state, Chief Ikeji Asogwa at the cost of N6.4 million.
Similarly, ICPC ordered the recovery of property on No 4 Abakaliki Road, GRA Enugu given to another chieftain of PDP, Chief Tony Exe at the cost of N11.76 million; as well as No. 7 Cattarnach Street, GRA Enugu given to Mr Dennis Okey Nnamani at the cost of N6.72 million and the property situated at No 23 Abakaliki Road, GRA Enugu given to the Nnaemela Foundation for N14.63 million.