ICPC Indicts Bwacha, Nakudu, Others Over Constituency Projects

Mon Apr 25th, 2022 - Taraba

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has indicted some federal lawmakers for using vague description of constituency projects to convert public property to private use in their constituencies.

The anti-graft commission, in its ‘Constituency and Executive Projects Tracking Exercise’ Phase 3 Report obtained by LEADERSHIP, said soft projects of empowerment and supplies of vehicles were often deliberately vaguely described in the annual national budget such that beneficiaries are not stated or the intended usage.

The third phase of the ICPC project tracking monitored various zonal intervention and executive projects valued at over N114.1bn between 2019 and 2020.

ICPC said its investigations have uncovered some lawmakers siting projects on their personal property which technically vests legal possession and ownership of such projects in them.

Under “Misappropriation and criminal conversation of public property” the commission provided examples of the infractions by the lawmakers.

It said, “The project for the procurement of Water Rigs to Taraba South Senatorial District. The rigs which were never distributed before the Commission’s intervention, were procured and supplied to the sponsor and were found in the custody of the sponsor, commercialised and the proceeds paid into the sponsor’s personal Bank account.”

Senator Emmanuel Bwacha was the sponsor of the intervention project as the member of the Senate representing Taraba South.




source: Leadership