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ICPC denies alleged age, certificate scandal

Posted by on November 15, 2021 0


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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offices Commission has denied that its personnel were involved in age and certificate scandal as reported by a national daily on Monday.

The commission explained that it was also untrue that its board attempted to exonerate the offenders, describing the report as spurious.

The ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, said this in a statement titled, ‘Rejoinder to Daily Trust report, titled, ‘Certificate, Age Scandal Rocks ICPC.’

It stated, “The attention of the commission has been drawn to an inaccurate report titled “Certificate, Age Scandal Rocks ICPC” published on Monday, November 15, 2021 by the Daily Trust Newspaper.

“The commission strongly refutes in its entirety attempts by the newspaper to malign the Hon. Chairman and Board members with spurious claims that a plan had been hatched to exonerate offenders tagged “loyalists” and those it claimed have been recruited under the current Board.

“This is ,therefore, to set the record straight regarding the ongoing certificate verification exercise by the commission, as the report by the Daily Trust seems intended to undermine the reforms being undertaken by the current leadership of the ICPC.

“The certificate verification exercise commenced in 2019 with the request by the current Board for screening of all officers by the Department of State Services. The verification by the DSS is aimed at making the process independent and transparent. The exercise is on-going and not yet concluded. Verification exercises have been conducted in the past by the DSS, and therefore the current exercise is not a new one.”

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The agency explained that another routine verification exercise in all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies was commenced by the Federal Government through the IPPIS earlier in the year, to clear discrepancies in public service personnel records.

The commission said it created an in-house team to carry out verification of its staff records as supplementary to the one set up by the government.

It added, “This internal verification exercise is still on-going and no report of anomaly has yet been received from the Committee by the Board. That being the case the issue of “soft landing” therefore does not arise and the Daily Trust’s report is preemptive and erroneous.

“The commission will act on the findings and recommendations of its Verification Exercise Committee, including prosecution of offenders, where necessary.”

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