One of the anti-graft agencies in the country, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has traced the sum of N292m to the account of one of the federal permanent secretaries that were retired on Tuesday, The Punch reports.
The ICPC is said to have made the discovery in the course of a discreet investigations into the five months the permanent secretaries presided over ministries in the absence of ministers.
It was gathered that the probe into the permanent secretaries’ reign commenced shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari submitted the list of would-be ministers to the Senate.
The curiosity of the investigators was heightened following the discovery that one the accounts of a permanent secretary ballooned to N292m within the last five months.
Three more permanent secretaries are reported to likely face trial for alleged corruption as there had been a report on Thursday that five former permanent secretaries would face trial for alleged corruption.
It was learnt that the ICPC’s investigations were not limited to permanent secretaries that were compulsorily retired on Tuesday but also those who served in the past five months and still in service.
A source in the ICPC, who confided in the newspaper, stated that: “It is true that the ICPC is probing the activities of the permanent secretaries. About N292m was traced to the account of one of the recently retired permanent secretaries.