Coalition accuse ICPC of engaging in media trial, blackmail

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– A coalition of civil society organizations has accused the ICPC of incompetence, engaging in media trial and cheap blackmail

– According to the CSOs, the ICPC has been carrying out the act in a bid to extort money from businessmen

– The activists were reacting to the anti-graft agency’s involvement in the failed takeoff of Digital Switch Over (DSO) sites

A coalition of civil society organizations has accused the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), of incompetence, engaging in media trial and cheap blackmail.

The groups are Competent Government for Accountability led by Comrade Omoba Micheal, South South Youth Mission and Beyond Boundaries Legacy Leadership Initiative led by Comrade Omaga E. Daniel.

According to the CSOs, the ICPC has been carrying out the act in a bid “to extort money from businessmen.”

The activists were reacting to the anti-graft agency’s involvement of Pinnacle Communication in the failed takeoff of Digital Switch Over (DSO) sites worked on by ITS in Ilorin, Oshogbo, Enugu and Jos.

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The Competent Government for Accountability, CGACT President, Comrade Omoba Micheal, Deputy President Urhobo of the South South Youth Mission, SSYPM, Amb. Omoba Micheal and the Executive Director of Beyond Boundaries Legacy Leadership Initiative, BBLLI, Comrade Omaga E. Daniel,

In a joint statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, May 14, the CSOs explained that Pinnacle Communication only worked on the Kaduna site which was commissioned by Governor Nasir El-Rufai and the minister of information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed in 2017 following the national launch of the DSO by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in December 2016 using Pinnacle facilities in Mpape, Abuja.

Stressing that there were no issues with the two sites Pinnacle Communication worked on, the coalition explained that the N2.5 billion was payment for a job well done and commissioned by the Nigerian government, adding that the payment came six months after Pinnacle had executed their part of the job 100 per cent.

While faulting ICPC’s allegation that the N2.5 billion seed grant was illegally paid to Pinnacle Communication, the CSOs said the white paper stipulated that the National Broadcasting Commission should do everything possible for ITS and Pinnacle to have a level playground because

“Pinnacle Communication Ltd has met its obligations and if ICPC has done its investigations thoroughly they would have known all this instead of wasting their time and taxpayers money trying to tarnish the image of an organization and that of the chairman who should be commended for a job well done,” the groups said.

While urging the anti-graft commission to restrain its media officials from misleading the public so as not to tarnish the image of well-meaning Nigerians in the private sector,the CSOs called for a total overhaul of the ICPC, which they said goofed during the cross-examination process in court by one of the commission’s own witnesses, Mr Charles Adama.

Meanwhile, the special adviser to the president on Niger Delta and coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Professor Charles Dokubo has escaped a plot to blackmail him.

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Series of allegations aimed at slandering the image of Professor Dokubo have been conceived in a bid to profit through illegal and corrupt means from the agency.

The plot, which is already in its advanced stage, is being orchestrated by a director in the agency who has failed in his bid to misinform the general public about the amnesty effort of the federal government.

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