ICPC boss sent on compulsory leave


Mr. 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 revealed yesterday, that a letter from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, informed Mr. Ekpo Nta that he should proceed on compulsory leave beginning from today, October 26.

The source stated 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.

Ekpo Nta was appointed by President 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, Ekpo 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 gathered 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.