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ICPC detains culprit over fraud alert

ICPC DETAINS NABDA DG, AKPA, OVER N400M INTERVENTION FUND

For allegedly defrauding the Federal Government off N400m, the acting Director-General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency, Prof. Alex Akpa, has ended up in the custody of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission.

According to investigations carried out by the commission, it was revealed that the intervention fund meant for the biotechnology Agency was diverted into private pockets by the Director General and some top management staff of the agency.

In a statement on Wednesday, titled, ‘Microbiology professor in ICPC net over N400m fraud,’ the ICPC spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogugua, revealed that the DG was arrested by operatives and he would be quizzed on “how the said amount belonging to the government could disappear under his watch.”

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The acting DG is also going to be quizzed on conspiracy and abuse of office.

The statement read, “His actions are contrary to and punishable under sections 19 and 26 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.”

“Further investigations into the acting DG’s alleged fraudulent activities are still ongoing and the commission will take appropriate action once they are concluded.”

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Previous reports suggests that a civil society organization, which goes by the name, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, had accused Akpa of corruption in the past, going further to state that NABDA workers also supplied evidence to prove the unscrupulous practices of the DG.

Quoting some NABDA workers, HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the Media Affairs Director, Ms Zainab Yusuf, said, “All the acting DG (Akpa) does is to allegedly collect from 30 to 70 per cent of project money and allegedly use it for bribes to ensure he is confirmed as our DG/CEO.”

“He allegedly tells a lot of lies on national TV as achievements of NABDA when in essence nothing is going on.”

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