OrderPaperToday– The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has declared the chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Air Force, Mr. Shehu Koko Mohammed, wanted for failure to appear before the commission over an ongoing investigation of his constituency project.
Shehu represents Maiyama/Koko/Besse Federal Constituency of Kebbi State.
The declaration was contained in a press statement issued by Rasheedat Okoduwa, director, Public Enlightenment, ICPC, on behalf of the chairman.
The statement read, “Hon. Shehu Koko Mohammed is hereby declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for his failure to appear before the commission, for an ongoing investigation against him.
“Hon. Mohammed, an indigene of Kebbi State, is currently serving as an honourable member representing the Maiyama/Koko/Besse Federal Constituency at the National Assembly. He was born on 16th June 1978 (41 years old) and is dark in complexion.
“His current address is Wamban Koko Campaign Office, Jega Road, Maiyama, Kebbi State.
“Anyone who has useful information on his whereabouts should report to ICPC headquarters, Abuja, any of the ICPC State Offices or the nearest police station, or call ICPC Toll-Free lines: 0803-123-0280, 0803-123-0281, 0803-123-0282, 0705-699-0190, 0705-699-0191 and 0800-CALL-ICPC (0800-2255-4272),” the statement said.
Sequel to the declaration, OrderPaper Nigeria contacted the spokeperson of the House of Representatives, Mr. Benjamin Kalu, to react to the development.
This paper also sought to know measures put in place to check corrupt practices in the implementation of constituency projects.
While Kalu applauded the ICPC for doing its job as constitutionally empowered, he urged them to double check facts before releasing them to the public in order not to instigate Nigerians against the National Assembly.
“The National Assembly is not against what ICPC is doing but in doing so, the truth should be told. You don’t instigate the public against lawmakers by putting out those outrageous sums like one they accused lawmakers of wasting one trillion on constituency projects.
“If you choose out of 360 lawmakers, 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory, out of which you decide to investigate 13 states with 377 projects out of which 108 are ongoing, I don’t see any failure in that. Meanwhile, they said only five out of all these projects were abandoned, then I don’t think we should be crucified.”
On measures in place to check corruption, the spokesman said, “I want to also inform you that the current assembly is busy with a mechanism that would allow us visit these constituency projects state by state and which you the media would be part of and whatever our findings are, we shall be putting them out there in our quarterly report.”
Recall that ICPC, which is currently probing constituency projects executed by National Assembly members across the nation, had accused members of the National Assembly of claiming huge sums on money running into billions for constituency projects without anything to show.
The agency had promised to expose shady deals in such projects.
Mr. Shehu Koko Mohammed is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the current chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Air force.
All efforts to get the lawmaker to respond to the development proved abortive as his number could not be reached at the time of filing this report.