Icpc corrupting the n2.5bn ten easiest ways to make money news – itedgenews.ng

The independent corrupt practices commission (ICPC) should have learnt lessons on the ills of trial-by-media by now, but the contrary is evident. It all began when it put out a press release ten easiest ways to make money in november last year announcing that it had uncovered a ten easiest ways to make money N2.5 billion fraudulent payment by the national broadcasting commission (NBC) to pinnacle communications limited under the digital switch over (DSO) from analogue television broadcasts in nigeria. Such a sensational statement on a major national media project ten easiest ways to make money immediately went viral but it almost instantly also turned out ten easiest ways to make money to be so infected with viruses of unpardonable errors and ten easiest ways to make money utter falsehood that the image of the ICPC as an ten easiest ways to make money anti-corruption investigative body got comprehensively corrupted. Imagine ICPC “investigating” the DSO and declaring it to be about switching over ten easiest ways to make money “telephone lines”!

The records are there so we will not delve into ten easiest ways to make money the distasteful details of that episode. Suffice it to recall that till date the ICPC has ten easiest ways to make money not found the decorum or rectitude to own up to ten easiest ways to make money its inadequacies by means of a humble retraction in the ten easiest ways to make money public interest. Instead it has stuck to its stigma of an unstoppable ten easiest ways to make money loose cannon, firing from all the wrong cylinders, but still firing on! Amazingly, the ICPC persisted to the extent of framing charges and ten easiest ways to make money arraigning its “culprits” before an abuja court, all the while revving up the media hype on the ten easiest ways to make money N2.5 billion fraudulent payment by NBC to pinnacle communications limited ten easiest ways to make money for DSO.

One would have expected the ICPC to end the trial-by-media after the court opened hearings on the matter and ten easiest ways to make money to thereafter base its press releases on an accurate reflection ten easiest ways to make money of proceedings or to let the free press report the ten easiest ways to make money proceedings to the end. But, ICPC has turned its website to a parallel court where ten easiest ways to make money it picks and chooses incomplete testimonies and disjointed extracts of ten easiest ways to make money documents to propagate in its now unscrupulous determination to misrepresent ten easiest ways to make money proceedings and mislead the public about its prosecution of the ten easiest ways to make money case of its self-declared N2.5 billion fraudulent payment by NBC. This is in sharp contrast to the hapless surrender of ten easiest ways to make money the arraigned “culprits” to the free press reportage of proceedings in the same ten easiest ways to make money court of public opinion to which the ICPC has now ten easiest ways to make money clearly shifted its focus in an extra-judicial bid to give them a bad name long before ten easiest ways to make money the temple of justice determines their fate.

It was perplexing to observe the tone and content of ten easiest ways to make money ICPC reportage of proceedings in the matter in comparison to ten easiest ways to make money most newspaper and on-line reports following the first two days of hearings after ten easiest ways to make money the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges. You can still find the two ICPC press releases under ten easiest ways to make money reference on its website titled kawu’s payment of 2.5bn DSO fund to private company fraudulent– ex director and N2.5bn DSO fund was shared to family, friends, politicians-ICPC witness respectively just as you can browse reports on ten easiest ways to make money the same proceedings, quoting the same witnesses, by the free press under headlines such as modibbo kawu’s payment of N2.5b to pinnacle didn’t violate DSO white paper-ICPC investigator (thisday), DIGITAL SWITCH OVER: ICPC INVESTIGATOR ADMITS ERROR, SAYS PAYMENT OF N2.5BN TO PINNACLE DIDN’T VIOLATE FG WHITE PAPER (ALTERNATIVE AFRICA, LONDON, ONLINE), alleged N2.5 bn scam: payment didn’t violate FG white paper-ICPC ( nigerian pilot) as well as FG approved N2.5bn for DSO project-witness tells court (leadership), information minister approved payment of N2.5bn to pinnacle for digital switch over-witness (vanguard), national DSO launched with pinnacle facilities, equipment-witness (newsdiaryonline) and NBC trial : no petition over N2.5bn DSO payment-ICPC investigator (daily trust).

Haba ICPC ! From these headlines, you don’t need an ICPC investigator to know that there is ten easiest ways to make money a world of difference in fact and projection between what ten easiest ways to make money the ICPC dished out on its website and what actually ten easiest ways to make money transpired in court during the same proceedings involving the same ten easiest ways to make money witnesses. Obviously, the ICPC has deliberately propagated incomplete versions of the proceedings ten easiest ways to make money to mislead the public into latching onto its pre-meditated agenda of incriminating the “culprits” not by due process, but by the hook-and-crook orchestration of a media “trial”. The ICPC’s focus is now on what sir lucky omoluwa did ten easiest ways to make money with his money in his account since the issue of ten easiest ways to make money “fraudulent payment of N2.5 billion” has lost steam in court! Why a supposedly independent federal government anti-corruption agency should be so brazen in embarking on a ten easiest ways to make money campaign of calumny by abusing its mandate against some individuals ten easiest ways to make money is itself a N2.5 billion question that will certainly be answered sooner or ten easiest ways to make money later.

Since the hearings are still at an early stage and ten easiest ways to make money the leopards in ICPC are unlikely to change their spotted ten easiest ways to make money suits, it will be interesting to see how far the trial-by-media can go in courting public opinion by deceptive manipulation ten easiest ways to make money of court proceedings and whether, at the end of it all, the temple of justice will prevail over the theatre of ten easiest ways to make money the absurd. Meanwhile those of us who can only wait and wonder ten easiest ways to make money are obliged to consider the counsel of voltaire, the french writer, historian and philosopher, who declared “ those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,” very apt in the circumstances– if no petition, why the investigation?

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