- Corruption and corrupt practices may soon be uprooted in Nigeria
- The anti-graft agencies are working on how to exchange ideas on the fight against the menace
- Bolaji Owasanoye, chairman of ICPC, said collaboration is needed among the agencies to win the war
In its effort to get rid of corruption in Nigeria, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC), has sought collaboration with other anti-graft and law enforcement agencies in the country.
Legit.ng reports that a statement issued by the spokesperson of the commission, Rasheedat Okoduwa, indicated that the chairman of ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, emphasised the importance of collaboration among anti-corruption and law enforcement agencies in Nigeria in curbing the tide of corruption in the country.
He made the call in his speech during a courtesy visit the commission's board paid to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu, in his office.
Owasanoye said that for an anti-corruption agency like ICPC to carry out its duties effectively, it needed all the support it could get from other agencies and organisations.
He said the commission was of the view that there were several areas that needed rejigging in order to solidify the already existing collaboration between it and the Nigeria Police.
These areas, the ICPC chairman said, included the deployment of armed police personnel to the commission’s offices across the country and a ‘special protection squad’ for the commission’s big-ticket investigations like constituency projects tracking, sting operations, among others.
He explained that before now, ICPC had resorted to writing to the police commissioners in various state commands for armed policemen when the need arose, but would now want the police hierarchy to resolve the problem on a more permanent basis.
The ICPC boss also solicited the support of the IGP and other relevant stakeholders like the DSS in the commission’s efforts to secure the approval of the government for some categories of its staff to bear arms due to the fact that its job was very dangerous.
He noted that measures ought to be put in place to protect operatives from being harmed in the line of duty.
Owasanoye said that ICPC was investing and building the capacity of some of its personnel in forensics but would require additional support where available so that corrupt people and illicit funds can be tracked electronically.
The chairman also sought the collaboration of the police as regards uprooting corruption from the organisation and the society in general, adding that having carried out a successful campaign with the Federal Road Safety Corps in a joint sting operation on the corps’ personnel involved in the extortion of money from motorists, if replicated on deviant policemen, it would help correct some of the public perception of corruption in the police.
In his remarks, the IGP expressed delight at the visit of the ICPC board, stressing that no agency had all the resources needed to carry out its assignments.
He stated that the Nigeria police was ready to collaborate with ICPC because “you need us and we need you” in this fight against corruption.
Adamu said his organisation was ready to support ICPC with the personnel, equipment and any other resource at its disposal for the commission to carry out its statutory assignments.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested five undergraduates and 12 others for alleged internet fraud.
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