Ex-Enugu Commissioner Drags Former Boss, Sullivan Chime, GOC to ICPC Over Abuse of OfficeFeatured, Latest News, News Monday, February 8th, 2016
By IGNATIUS OKPARA, Enugu
Immediate past Governor of Enugu state, Sullivan Chime, and former General Officer Commanding, GOC 82 Division of the Nigerian Army Enugu, Major General Shehu Yusuf, have been dragged to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) by an ex- Commissioner for Transport under Chime, Engr. Luke Mmamel, over alleged abused of their offices.
The petitioner, who used to be an ally of Chime, before they fell apart, and he was sacked by the ex- Governor during his first tenure in office, is accusing his former boss of “distributing/monetizing government quarters to his siblings, and nephews as well as engaging in graft.”
Mmamel, who claims that his property was given out to the former GOC, by Chime, is also accusing the Army chief of abuse of office, “for receiving a gift of his official quarters, knowing full well that the allocation is with me.”
He disclosed that apart from the petition to the ICPC, he had also written the Chairman, Nigerian Army Council, through the Ministry of Defence “to advise Maj. Gen. Shehu Yusuf to hand over my accommodation to me in the interest of justice, fairness and proper conduct.”
In the said petition to the anti-graft agency, dated June 1,2015, leaked to the press on Sunday, Mmamel alleged that Chime “abused his office by offering a gratification of monetization/sale of No 3 Mount Street GRA Enugu to the GOC, contrary to the provision of relevant acts.
He further alleged that Chime engaged in nepotism and abuse of office by distributing/monetizing Enugu Government quarters recovered from the army to his siblings, Nephews, and for graft.
While urging the Barrister Nta Ekpo led ICPC to investigate the issues raised in his petition, the former Commissioner, also threatened to take legal action to compel the organization to ensure the prosecution of all those involved “in this abuse of office in order to preserve the sanctity of laws and build a better nation.
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