The Federal Government anti-graft agency, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, and the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation have begun investigation and audit into the spending of COVID-19 funds by state governments, agencies and personnel.
They agencies made this known during a virtual meeting of stakeholders on the COVID-19 Funds Management and Monitoring organised by the ICPC on Thursday .
Explaining that the internal audit procedure will apply to all transactions relating to the COVID-19 Funds, the OAGF said reports would be forwarded to its Audit Monitoring Department.
Further adding that any ministry, department or agency that contravened the guideline would be sanctioned, the AGF, Ahmed Idris, added that and the names of such MDA and its principal officers would be made public as a “measure of transparency.”
The ICPC further revealed that it was already investigating alleged cases of corruption in the management of COVID-19 funds and palliatives, including some state governments in the country.
On its own part, the ICPC said it was investigating alleged cases of corruption in the management of COVID-19 funds and palliatives.
The ICPC Director of Operations, Mr Akeem Lawal, stated this in his presentation titled, ‘ICPC Monitoring Obligation and Strategy Re: COVID-19 Emergency.’
Lawal, who did not mention names or states, added that there was also a case of diversion of COVID-19 logistics and contingency emergency fund into a personal account.