‘ICPC never indicted humanitarian affairs minister over diverted N2.7bn’

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Tuesday  said  the commission’s chairman, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye,  never said  Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Sadiya Umar-Farouq diverted monies meant for the home-grown school feeding programme.

Owsanoye had during a virtual discussion on the nation’s anti-graft war Monday, said the sum of N2.7billion school’s feeding programme was diverted to personal accounts.   

Clarifying the chairman’s position in a statement Tuesday in Abuja, the agency’s spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogogua, said it sought to clarify what it called ‘erroneous’ reports in the media.

The statement reads: “The Commission wishes to clarify that the “school feeding” referred to by the Chairman of ICPC was the feeding of boarding students in Federal Government Colleges, who were all at home during the COVID-19 lockdown. This is NOT the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme being managed by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

“The Commission had discovered through its review of publications on the Open Treasury Portal that statutory monthly allocations meant for the feeding of secondary school students of SOME Federal Government Colleges were diverted into personal accounts.

“This statement is issued for the purpose of clarifying the statement of the Hon Chairman. Consequently, the general public is hereby advised to disregard the said reports suggesting a reference to the school feeding programme going on in primary schools. The full speech of the Chairman can be downloaded from the Commission’s website at www.icpc.gov.ng.”

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