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ICPC clears Akinbile-Yussuf of corruption allegation

Akinbile-Yussuf

Barely two months after it received petition, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offence‎s Commission (ICPC) has cleared the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Culture, and Arts, Mrs Uzamot Akinbile-Yussuf of unlawful acquisition of property with public funds while in office.

A group, the Parrot Deed International Network had on March 2, 2020, petitioned the ICPC , alleging that the two-time Commissioner had used her position to amass multi billion naira property.

The group had alleged that Akinbile-Yussuf, acquired some properties while she served as a commissioner in two ministries between 2015 and 2019 before her present position under the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration

It was further alleged that she used her office and position to corruptly enrich herself, culminating in her acquisition of hotels, fuel stations, and other properties.

But the anti-graft agency said after carrying out detailed investigations on the allegations found the petition  unsubstantiated and baseless.

The ICP, in a letter detailing the outcome of its findings  with reference number ICPC/OPS/GBP/DOP/674 which was addressed to the state government said the commissioner had duly declared her assets before taking up public office.

The anti-graft agency, in a copy of the letter sighted by TheStory, stated that it diligently investigated the allegations bordering on the unlawful acquisition of wealth and corrupt practices in public office and found nothing against Akinbile-Yussuf.

The letter signed on behalf of the Chairman of ICPC by the Commission’s Director of Operations, Mr. Akeem Lawal, read in part: ‘’It was alleged that the respondent, Hon. Uzamat Folasayo Akinbile-Yussuf maintained her position as a Director in Musaroq Nigeria Ltd while serving as a Commissioner. It was further alleged that she used her office and position to corruptly enrich herself, culminating in her acquisition of hotels, fuel stations, and other properties.

‘’Detailed investigation into the allegations was carried out with necessary documents and records carefully perused. Findings not only revealed that the respondent owns the alleged properties but that they were acquired before she was engaged in Public Service. The Commission took a step further to write to the Code of Conduct Bureau to ascertain what she declared and it was confirmed that the properties and other assets were duly declared.’’

About Ayinla Muritala

Agbede is a seasoned Journalist with more than a decade experience as the fourth estate of the realm. He is a graduate of Mass Communication from the Univeristy of Ilorin and currently freelance with few of the Nigerian Dailies.

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