BY CALEB AYANSINA
ABUJA—The Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi, Benue State, has ruled that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has powers to investigate and prosecute cases without receiving petition.
ICPC had approached the Court of Appeal, Makurdi Division,on June 21, 2011, asking the court to set aside the ruling of Nasarawa State High Court discharging and acquitting the Chairman of Toto Local Government and Director of Finance of the council of corrupt practices.
Justice I. A Ramalan, now retired judge of the State High Court 3, Lafia in Nasarawa State, had in his ruling on May 20, 2008, discharged and acquitted the two accused of “11 count charge of conspiracy, to inflate prices of stationeries; and furnishing of false information all contrary to sections 26 (1) (c); 22 (3); 19; and 16 of the ICPC Act.”