An ICPC source said a letter from the office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, informed Ekpo that he should proceed on compulsory leave beginning from today, October 26.
The source told Vanguard that the Chairman had earlier received two letters from the office of the SGF, informing him to proceed on compulsory leave, which he allegedly ignored.
Mr. Ekpo was appointed by President Jonathan in acting capacity in 2011 and was confirmed a year after by the Senate.
It was gathered that at a meeting with President Buhari earlier this year, Ekpo had argued that his tenure would end on November 17, 2017, to which the President allegedly retorted that by his records, the tenure of the ICPC head ends on November 17, 2016.
The Chairman plans to formally inform staff of the commission about his formal exit this morning.
Although no reason was given for the sack of the ICPC boss, sources say his handling of corruption cases against ex-governors may have nailed him. He was allegedly nominated by a top PDP man.