PENCOM: CPA To Institute Legal Proceedings Against EFCC
Sequel to an earlier petition, demanding for a probe into the activities of Nigeria’s Pension management body, National Pensions Commission (PENCOM), the Centre for Public Accountability (CPA) has concluded plans to ask the Federal High Court in Abuja for an order to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Offences related Commission (ICPC), to investigate the allegations of long list of infractions, mismanagement and maladministration alleged to be ongoing at the PENCOM under the leadership of Mrs. Chinelo Anohu-Amazu.
In a statement issued in Lagos and signed by its Executive Director Olufemi Lawson, the group which says it is approaching the court through its lawyers, Messrs Dotun Ajulo and Ola Adeosun, said it decided to push further its demand for a thorough investigation based on the fact that it is the duty of the anti-corruption agencies to investigate and prosecute crimes that are related to mismanagement of public finances and abuse of positions, in the country.
“To us as Nigerians, we see the high level of corruption as what cannot be overlooked and we affirm that the commission is bedeviled with multiple infractions, violations of the law and widespread corruption that warrant immediate and urgent attention of these agencies”
“The allegations against the Mrs. Chinelo Anohu-Amazu led management of the PENCOM are despicable to the level that they cannot be ignored and these persons cannot be allowed to continue to manage such strategic national institution” the statement read.
It will be recalled that the CPA, which is a non-governmental organisation, had recently petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari, the anti-graft agencies including the EFCC and ICPC, asking for an immediate investigation into the activities of the pension body.