Buhari Sacks ICPC Chairman, Ekpo Nta

Buhari Sacks ICPC Chairman, Ekpo Nta

By Vanguard on October 26, 2016
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari
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Ekpo Nta, chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, may have been sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari.

An ICPC source disclosed on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 that a letter from the office of the secretary to the government of the federation, SGF, informed Mr. Nta that he should proceed on compulsory leave beginning from today, October 26, 2016.

The source said that the chairman had earlier received two letters from the office of the SGF, informing him to proceed on compulsory leave, which he allegedly ignored.

Mr. Nta was appointed by immediate past president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, in acting capacity in 2011 and was confirmed a year after by the Senate.

It was gathered that at a meeting with President Buhari earlier this year, Nta had argued that his tenure would end on November 17, 2017, to which the president allegedly retorted that by his records, the tenure of the ICPC head ends on November 17, 2016.

It was learnt that the chairman plans to formally inform staff of the commission about his formal exit this morning.

Although no reason was given for the abrupt sack of the ICPC boss, it was gathered that his handling of corruption cases against former governors may have nailed him.

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