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Nigerian ICPC uncovers government contract scam


20 December 2013 | Gurjit Degun

At least 156 companies have forged tax certificates to bid for government contracts in Nigeria, according to the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

It follows a preliminary investigation by the ICPC and trebles the number of firms initially suspected of fraudulent activity. Last month, the Bureau of Public Procurement reported 50 companies to the ICPC and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Folu Olamiti, spokesman for the ICPC, said: “Preliminary investigations indicate about 156 of these companies may face prosecution for using fake tax clearance certificates.”

The ICPC advised tax authorities to learn good practices from states that have tamper-proof tax certificates.

“They should create electronic platforms to synchronise with the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System and automate the issuance of tax clearance certificates annually to public service employees so as to reduce the incidence of illegally acquiring certificates from easier sources,” the commission said.

The ICPC has not revealed the names of firms involved.

Nigeria’s anti-corruption chief sacked

Africa News

Mabvuto Phiri

November 24 2011

The chairperson Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Farida Waziri, has been relieved of her duties. She was quite aware of this dilemma, which she captured aptly when she once observed: “If you fight corruption, corruption will fight back with everything it has got.”

On Wednesday, her battle against corruption came to an end as President Goodluck Jonathan relieved her of her job as the Chairman of Commission

She was said to have been informed of her sack by her aide who heard the news when it was broadcast.

President Jonathan has since appointed Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, who until now had been Commission’s Director of Operations, as acting chairman.

This development was contained in an electronic statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media, Dr. Reuben Abati and made available to the media.

But the statement did not disclose why Waziri was relieved of her appointment before the expiration of her tenure.

The statement reads: “President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of Ibrahim Lamorde as the Acting Chairman/Chief Executive of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).\

Waziri was appointed EFCC Chairman by the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on May 18, 2008 and confirmed by the Senate on May 27, 2008.

Waziri is a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG).

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