The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) is enmeshed in a wide-scale certificate forgery and age falsification scandal, involving dozens of staff, Daily Trust authoritatively gathered.
With much senior staff found to have been involved in the illegalities, it was learned that a grand plan was being hatched by the board and management of the anti-corruption commission to provide a soft landing for those found culpable.
No fewer than 50 staff of the commission have so far appeared before the board’s subcommittee on verification of staff certificates and service records where irregularities were discovered in their age and credentials.
Daily Trust gathered that the verification of staff certificates and service records was triggered by demands arising from the conviction of an official of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Idowu Olamide, for forging a certificate to secure employment upgrade.
In October, the anti-graft body secured the conviction of Olamide for using a forged National Diploma Certificate to secure an upgrade in his office, a development that was said to have prompted public demand on the need to investigate ICPC staff with similar allegations.
According to the commission, Olamide was convicted of “Knowingly making a false statement, which is contrary to section 25(1) of Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under Section 25(1) (b) of the same Act.”