I’m not part of ex-gov’s under ICPC probe-Daniel

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Former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, on Sunday said he was not on the list of ex-state governors being investigated or prosecuted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission.

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Daniel stated that he had no pending case with the anti-graft agency.

The former governor described as false reports that he had a pending corruption case against him at the ICPC.

Media reports (The Point not included) had, last week, indicated that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, had written to the ICPC, directing the reopening of corruption cases involving 31 former governors.

Daniel was listed as one of the affected former governors, in addition to Senate President Bukola Saraki; former Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio; former Rivers State governor, Peter Odili, ‎and ex-governor Rashidi Ladoja of Oyo State.

Malami had, in his letter to the ICPC, said, “It is clear that some of these governors and other politically-exposed persons have not been charged to court, despite the fact that the ICPC has concluded their investigations, concerning allegations levelled against them, for one reason or the other.

“It is the position of the present administration that all ex-governors, who the ICPC had long concluded investigations into the various allegations levelled against them, should be immediately prosecuted.”

‎But while defending his innocence over the allegation, Daniel said that his inclusion on the list of ex-governors under ICPC probe must have been a “mistake.”

The former governor added in a text message,”I categorically declare that I have no issues with ICPC whatsoever and I am sure that a mistake has been made, either deliberately or otherwise, in this issue and others.”