ICPC uncovers N840m accumulated in maid’s account
Frank urges clampdown on ‘yahoo politicians’
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) said it had traced N840 million to the bank account of one Theodora Atsu, a maid working under a retired President of the Benue State Customary Court of Appeal, Mrs. Margaret Igbeta.
ICPC’s Spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said that the retired President of the Customary Court of Appeal was accused of operating a proxy fixed deposit account in the name of Atsu, which accumulated to N870,321,492.15 between 2008 and 2019.
According to Okoduwa, she was said to have opened the account with her passport and the name of Atsu on March 5, 2008, with an initial deposit of N8 million, adding that she subsequently made several other huge deposits, including N123,745,925.57 and N5 million in March and May 2008.
The spokesperson said the commission noted that the money was far above her legitimate earnings both as a judge and President of the Customary Court of Appeal within the period that the account was operated.
She, therefore, disclosed that the commission had requested a Federal High Court, Abuja, to order the interim forfeiture of N840 million traced to Igbeta.
The commission, in an ex-parte motion filed at the court, said that the order would stop Igbeta from accessing the money alleged to have been obtained through fraudulent activities in the course of her official duties.
In another development, former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, urged the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to help Nigeria in the fight against corruption by clamping down on the ‘yahoo politicians’ who brazenly steal public funds and run overseas to enjoy their booty.
He also implored the agency and the INTERPOL to focus on yahoo judges who award jaundiced judgments to the detriment of justice, democracy and the well-being of Nigerians.
In a statement yesterday in Abuja, Frank, while commending FBI and other international security agencies, said the ‘yahoo politicians’ in Nigeria were actually responsible for the breeding of Internet fraudsters known as ‘yahoo yahoo boys’ in the country.
He said that until the EFCC and the ICPC stop protecting ‘yahoo politicians’, both in government and out of government, it would be difficult to discourage the prevalence of Internet fraud being perpetrated by some young Nigerians.
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