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Graft: Court grants group leave to compel ICPC to probe Ogbulafor

By Anayo Okoli

Umuahia-A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted an Aba, Abia state based human rights group, Human Right, Justice and Peace Foundation (HRJPR), leave to apply for an order of Mandamus to compel the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over corrupt allegations.

HRJPR had accused the ICPC of shielding Ogbuluafor from investigation for alleged corrupt enrichment, which it alleged was made against the party chairman in 2000 by one Chike Nwadibia, to the effect that he (Ogbuluafor) allegedly enriched himself to the tune of N104 million.

The human rights group claimed that the allegation was fully investigated by ICPC, wherein it allegedly opened a file number ICPC/P/NC/477/2005 37 for the party chairman when he was being investigated.

HRJPR is therefore asking the court to compel the ICPC to make public its investigation on the PDP chairman. The group had also written President Umaru Yar’Adua, alleging that he is shielding his party chairman from being prosecuted by ICPC.

On the strength of these allegations, the human rights group approached the Abuja Federal High Court, prayed it to compel ICPC to investigate the allegations against Ogbuluafor.

Ruling on the application, trial judge in the matter,  Justice M.G.Umar, granted the applicant leave to apply for the order of Mandamus to compel the respondent (ICPC) to investigate and prosecute Prince Vincent Ogbuluafor, present National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party for (alleged) corrupt practices.


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