Anti-graft agency vows to stamp out corruption
By Peace Kanu, Abuja
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) is on the verge of ensuring a corruption-free system in Nigeria.
The ICPC Chairman, Mr Ekpo Nta made this known in an exclusive interview with Voice of Nigeria in Abuja.
He said “the commission, in collaboration with the Department for International Development, has mapped out a 5-year strategic action plan beginning with the education sector. Our immediate goal is to change who is in the driving seat in the fight against corruption. We want every Nigerian to move into the driving seat while we do the pushing because you cannot fight corruption on behalf of other people if they don’t realise they are being cheated”.
Toll free lines
Mr Nta disclosed that the Commission had done a total study of the education sector based on a petition it had received and it would make available toll free lines for students to get across to the commission directly to report corrupt cases.
"We are very interested in receiving petitions highlighting institutional failures. We have the anti- corruption units in all ministries and agencies and if there is a problem or weakness reported to the commission , we help to correct such weaknesses ahead of time,” Mr Nta said.
The Chairman disclosed that cases involving governors, past chairmen of political parties, judges, members of law enactment and enforcement bodies at the state and national levels is ongoing and that the ICPC would not only prosecute but also seize properties of offenders.
He warned that the Plea bargain should not be abused and more judges would be needed to handle corruption cases to ensure quicker justice.
“Quite a number of fraudsters had been able to enlist a huge array of bright legal minds to delay their trials but the ongoing reforms in the judiciary will close the gap,” he said.
Mr Nta assured the international community that their investment is safe in Nigeria.
The Commission has developed a partnership with the Chartered Institute of bankers in the country to curb financial malpractices.