Bribe Allegation: ICPC Extends Invitation To Onyeka Onwenu

Bribe Allegation: ICPC Extends Invitation To Onyeka Onwenu

By Augustine Ogwo | Staff Reporter on August 7, 2015
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Onyeka Onwenu
Onyeka Onwenu

Legendary Nigerian singer, actress, journalist and politician, Onyeka Onwenu is in the news but not for her music this time around. She is to be a guest of the The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

The Half Of A Yellow Sun actress who is the Director-General of the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) is set to appear before on the commission where she is to be quizzed about allegations of a N17m bribe.

According to reports, three top officials of the commission; Mukhtar Usman, Jauro Jibrin and Sadeeq Umar were interrogated by the commission on Thursday, August 6, 2015.

You will recall that a deputy director in the NCWD, Chika Abazu who also double as Ms. Onwenu’s aide had been arraigned in court and is now in prison custody.

Ms. Onwenu Profile

Onyeka Onwenu is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, actress, journalist, politician, and X Factor series judge. She is the youngest daughter of the Nigerian educationist and politician D.K Onwenu. Dubbed the “Elegant Stallion” by the Nigerian press, she is a former chairperson of the Imo State Council for Arts and Culture, and formerly the Executive Director/chief executive officer of the National Centre for Women Development.

Onwenu possess a BA in International Relations and Communication of the Wellesley College of Massachusetts, USA, and a master’s degree in Media Studies from The New School for Social Research in New York.

She worked for many years at the United Nations in New York before returning to Nigeria in 1980, where she completed the mandatory one-year National Service, at the NTA where she made an impact as an articulate, incisive and fearless reporter.

In 1984, she wrote and presented the internationally acclaimed BBC/NTA documentary called Nigeria, A Squandering of Riches which became the definitive film about corruption in Nigeria as well as the intractable Niger Delta agitation for resource control and campaign against environmental degradation in the oil rich region of Nigeria.

She has also served on the board of the NTA. (Source)

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