Probe FCT Director For Abuse Of Office Or We Will Take Legal Action

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The Network Against Corruption and Trafficking (NACAT) has called on the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike to investigate the Executive Director, Procurement of the FCT, Onsachi Musa Idris, for allegedly owning and running private companies while in active service against extant rules.

Speaking via a statement signed by NACAT’s Executive Director of Investigation, Oghenedoro Tega, in Abuja on Sunday, the group accused Idris of alleged violation of public rules and abuse of office.

The NGO claimed that Idris did not declare his companies to the Code of Conduct Bureau as stipulated by the law.

They subsequently called on Wike to suspend Idris pending the investigation of the allegation.

They insisted that a public officer should not put himself in a position where his personal interest conflicts with his duties and responsibilities.

The group warned that they would take legal action if the authorities fail to probe Idris.

The statement read in part, “NACAT’s findings revealed that Onsachi Musa Idris, the Executive Director, Procurement, of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), and some of his members have interest as directors in the companies, “Hollywood Films, Television and Creative Arts Institute Limited – RC 1280962 – registered on 14th August 2015 and El-Meela Heritage International School Limited – RC – 1282658, registered on 24th August 2015, but he did not declare them in his Assets and Liabilities Declaration Forms with the Code of Conduct Bureau, in compliance with the law.

“A public officer shall not put himself in a position where his personal interest conflicts with his duties and responsibilities.

“By not declaring the company, it is our believe that Mr. Idris may have used his influence to interfere with the procurement procedures and processes thereby influencing contracts to the company and denying other companies of fair processes.

“The group further threatened to take legal action if the right authorities failed to probe Mr. Idris for the alleged offence.

“As an NGO with a mandate to fight corruption and various anti-corruption war to our credit, we are concerned that such an official would be allowed to continue in the service without appropriate investigative action and/or punitive actions taken against him.

“That is why we are calling on the relevant agencies to begin probe of the director.”

“NACAT particularly asked the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, to immediately suspend Idris from office pending the investigation of its allegation to forestall hiding of information that will be relevant to the case.

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“We do not understand how a director will owns a school as well as another company and instead of resigning from his FG job to face his private businesses, he chose to run it side by side. Hence Idris should not be spared for violating the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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