Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Police rank top in bribery and corruption survey

Anti-corruption and law enforcement agencies have ironically been named as the most corrupt agencies in Nigeria.
PoliceAccording to CLEEN Foundation, these agencies are the Nigeria Police Force, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), with the police ranking  top in corruption among the agencies.
This finding was contained in a  2013 National Crime Victimisation and Safety survey conducted by the CLEEN Foundation in collaboration with the Macarthur Foundation.

Ms. Kemi Okonedo, the  executive director, CLEEN Foundation, while presenting the result of the survey, said that the findings are not meant to witch-hunt any organisation but is aimed at tracking and reducing crime rate in the country.

She said the survey was conducted with 11,518 respondents drawn from all the states of the country. “The findings of the survey showed that bribery and corruption among government officials in Nigeria remain high. Nearly one out of every four respondents admitted having paid a bribe or having been asked to pay bribes by government officials before services could be rendered to them.

“The 2013 survey also showed that bribery and corruption among public officials such as police, customs officers, court personnel, tax officials, anti-corruption agencies and PHCN employees were higher in Rivers, Borno, Cross River, Niger, Gombe, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Anambra and Kwara states. The lowest incidences were recorded in Katsina, Ogun and Akwa Ibom states.”  She also shed light on the experience of victims of rape, domestic violence, robbery kidnap and murder among others.
Federal government agencies with their officers’ propensity  to collect bribes include:  police – 33%, immigration – 26%, ICPC – 25%, customs -24%, PHCN – 23%, EFCC- 23%, FRSC- 20% and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence officials (NSCDC) – 19% Tax/revenue officials – 18%, municipal/ local government councillors  -18%, State Security Service (SSS) – 18%, National Assembly members – 17%, local government officials – 16%, lower court officials – 15%, higher courts officials – 14%, and lecturers and professors of tertiary institutions make up 10%

Another 10% include post office officials, gas/petrol attendants, prison warden/ officers, primary and secondary school teachers and doctors and nurses.
Attempts to reach the Force PRO, Mr. Frank Mba, were unsuccessful as he is said to currently be out of the country.



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