This is one move one has been expecting, especially in Abuja where some civil servants have as much as 20 different buildings, charging exorbitant rents for houses they built with stolen funds.
Federal Government’s anti-corruption operatives have been sent after ‘super rich’ public officers who have multiple properties and other assets suspected to have been the rewards of corrupt activities.
“Those civil servants living a life beyond their means, their lifestyles are under watch. People are monitoring them, whistle-blowers are writing petitions and the Assets Recovery Unit is following up on them.”
According to Punch, the searchlight of the anti-corruption agents was on civil servants that possess many properties in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Operatives in the Assets Tracing, Recovery and Management Unit of the ICPC had been asked to haul in suspects for interrogation and recovery of ill-gotten assets in their possession.
An operative at the ICPC, confirmed the development.
Although the source did not mention the number of civil servants that had been quizzed in relation to the new move to check fraud in the civil service, it was learnt that several personnel of the civil service had been placed under watch by the ICPC.
Any civil servant found to have compromised his office to acquire wealth would be charged to court after the proceeds of the corrupt acts would have been confiscated by the Federal Government.