Fresh facts have emerged indicating that the Independent Corruption Practices Commision (ICPC) may not be able to properly wade into the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo’s trending corruption allegations.
Why? A source opined that the Vice President has too many top level people in the Commission. One of such persons, the source said, is the Director of Operations, Hakeem Lawal who worked directly under Osinbajo in Lagos State. He is said to wield unimaginable powers and influence with the active protection of Ade Ipaye in the office of the Vice President. The duo are said to have been contemporaries in the university and colleagues in Lagos State under the Vice President. The source said it is more dire that Hakeem is taken out because he does not have the requisite qualification and experience to sit in that position. He is neither a retired/serving senior police officer nor an experienced intelligence officer and he is occupying such a sensitive position. The source further noted that all previous holders of that position have been individuals who have training and experience as police or intelligence officers. “Hakeem was set up for a crash course, awarded an FSI and deliberately planted in the Commission to help protect his paymasters from any investigation or thwarting any investigation like the ongoing probe arising from the NEMA scandal”.
The source therefore called for a total overhaul of the ICPC not just for effectiveness in its operations but also for assurance that the anti graft agency is not tainted.