I’m Not Under ICPC Probe, Says Ex-Gov Daniel

Former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, yesterday declared that he has no pending case with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC.

Gbenga Daniel

Daniel described as false reports that there is a pending corruption case against him at the anti-graft commission, adding that the inclusion of his name must have been a “mistake somewhere.”

A national newspaper (not Vanguard) had reported, last week, that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, had written to the ICPC Chairman, directing the reopening of corruption cases of 31 former governors. Daniel was listed as one of the affected former governors, including Senate President Bukola Saraki, former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, former Rivers State Governor, Peter Odili,  and ex-Governor Rashidi Ladoja of Oyo State.

In the letter, Malami was quoted as saying that: “It is clear that some of these governors and other politically-exposed persons have not been charged to court, despite the fact that the ICPC has concluded their investigations, concerning allegations levelled against them, for one reason or the other.”

“It is the position of the present administration that all ex-governors, who the ICPC had long concluded investigations into the various allegations levelled against them, should be immediately prosecuted.” “I categorically declare that I have no issues with ICPC whatsoever and I am sure that a mistake have been made either deliberately or otherwise in this issue and others,” he said in a short message service (SMS) sent to our correspondent.