ICPC probes diversion of COVID-19 relief material, funds

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On Thursday the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has confirmed it is investigating alleged cases of fraud in the management of COVID-19 funds.

Akeem Lawal, ICPC’s Director of Operations, stated this during a virtual meeting the agency held with stakeholders on Thursday.

The theme was “COVID-19 Funds Management and Monitoring: Preventing Slide into Old Habits.”

Akeem Lawal disclosed that some of the cases involved some government institutions in charge of the release and distribution of grains from the reserve.

According to Akeem Lawal, there is also a case where emergency funds were diverted into a private bank account.

“In all cases of infraction, culprits will be investigated and prosecuted.

Bolaji Owasanoye, ICPC chairman, had earlier said the commission has set up a committee to monitor use of COVID-19 funds “because this period could trigger a high level of corruption,” Lawal said.

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