Anti Graft Agency Warns Against Media Trial In A’Ibom

ICPC WILL NOT BE DRAGGED INTO LOCAL POLITICS
……….. anti graft agency warns against media trial

……….says we are not combing the town for Ephraim Inyangeyen

The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission says the agency will not tolerate any attempt to drag the body into political feud and cautioned that anyone found making efforts at reducing them to an agency of victimization will be made to face the full weight of the law.

The agency also observed that an official statement on the matter will not be issued since a case involving payment of compensation is already in the appeal Court.

The position from the anti graft agency is coming on the heels of the recent State Government induced report that indicates the ICPC is combing for the former Chief of Staff Ephraim Inyangeyen on allegations of payment of compensation when he served as the Commissioner for Works.

An ICPC staff who spoke to our reporter in Uyo described the story of ICPC looking for Ephraim Inyangeyen as false, alarming and misleading.

Our source said, ICPC knows how to get anybody and will not resort to media trial on the Ex Chief of Staff. Speaking further, the ICPC big wig maintained that there is a channel of Communication in the anti graft agency and that such communication channel does not include speaking through government agencies.

He however appealed to members of the public to discountenance the story peddled by rumour mongers as ICPC cannot and will not allow herself to be dragged into the murky waters of Akwa Ibom politics.

The agency however warned that anybody that attempts to drag the body into partisan politcs or seek to use her to take political vengeance shall not escape the wrath of the law.

On why he decided to be annonymous, our sourve said, no personnel in the office is allowed to speak on any matter concerning it except express permission is given by the Officer in charge or a superior instruction comes from the Head office.

“For now, the Commission has not gotten any petition against Ephraim Inyangeyen and we are not combing anywhere for the man”.

In a related Development, the Media office of Ephraim Inyangeyen has described the story as laughable and of all things miserable.

The media Office of the Ex Chief of Staff in a chat with newsmen said we won’t join issues with outright falsehood. And appealed to Akwa Ibom people to discountenance the fale story of ICPC combing the town for Ephraim Inyangeyen as such story is nothing but a concoct aimed at pouring tar on the fantastic rising profile of Mr. Inyangeyen.

Further investigations by THE INK Newspaper reveal that the payment Consultant Mr. Ubong Williams had earlier won a court case against the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC. The case which was determined by the High Court in Uyo had awarded 40m naira cost against the ICPC whom we learnt arrested and unlawfully detained the Payment Consultant Mr. Ubong Williams.

Our reporter understands that the ICPC had since appraoch the Appeal Court seeking a revearsal of the Judgement.

When THE INK reporter called Mr. Ubong Williams to comment on the matter he responded that he can’t volunteer any information on the matter since the case is already in court.

Wisdom Bassey

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