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New findings: Lawmaker on panel Shehu Koko, interrogating Pondei when he fainted was in 2019 declared wanted by ICPC for corruption

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Findings have revealed that Shehu Koko, a member of the House of Representatives panel that interrogated the Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission,  Kemebradikumo Pondei, on Monday when he fainted, was declared wanted in December 2019 by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offence Commission for corruption.

Pondei fainted on Monday July 20 when he was being questioned on the alleged mismanagement of N81.5bn by the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC. His fainting caused commotion at the venue of the probe, and those present at the hearing rushed to his aid, trying to stabilise him from what appears to be a seizure.

Koko, a lawmaker from Kebbi State, was on December 12, 2019 declared wanted after he repeatedly failed to appear before the ICPC over an ongoing investigation against him, according to SaharaReporters.

According to Rasheedat Okoduwa, ICPC Director of Public Enlightenment, Koko failed to perfect his administrative bail and ignored the commission’s invitation

“Hon. Shehu Koko Mohammed is hereby declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission for his failure to appear before the commission for an ongoing investigation against him. He was declared wanted for failing to perfect his bail conditions.

“He was granted administrative bail by ICPC after he was earlier invited for questioning regarding the alleged fraudulent acquisition of properties, using his position to confer undue advantage on himself while serving as ADC to a former governor of Katsina State.

“Anyone who has useful information on his whereabouts should report to ICPC Headquarters Abuja, any of the ICPC state offices or the nearest police station.”

However the anti-graft agency on December 14, 2019 on its Twitter page disclosed that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, had intervened in the matter.

 “Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has guaranteed the appearance of Hon. Shehu Koko Mohammed who represents Koko/Besse Federal Constituency declared wanted by ICPC.

“The commission accepts the assurance while it looks forward to seeing the honourable member by Monday, 16th December, 2019.

“Hon. Mohammed had failed to perfect his administrative bail and ignored the commission’s invitations.” the tweet states.

The outcome of the investigation was not made public anymore after that period and Koko has since returned to the House of Representatives to continue his duty as a legislator.

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