The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has said plans were concluded to adopt surveillance approach in its fight against corruption.
Mr Ekpo Nta, the Chairman of ICPC who stated this in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said the approach was to reduce time spent on investigation.
“We have cut done investigation time because we have insisted on doing more of surveillance before striking so as to reduce time spent on trying to get answer from a suspect.
“With this approach, admission level to corrupt practises is higher because what we now do is to present to the suspect, the evidence we have already discovered,” he said.
Nta said the commission had strengthened its Asset Tracing and Monitoring Unit to ensure that the commission’s power on assets seizure was exercised.
“To every investigation that we do, there is an element of assets tracing and monitoring because my attitude is that we cannot stop corruption if we do not seize the proceeds of crimes.
“Somebody takes money and builds a house, gets arrested and send to three months in jail or a fine in the alternative and go back and enjoy the property.
“My new approach is that since the money cannot be gotten back, I can trace it to the house built with the money to ensure that the person has no right to enjoy the facility,” he said.
He said the commission had since the inception of the present administration ensured that matters involving economic and financial crimes were moved to the EFCC to avoid duplication of duties.
“Petitions that are basically administrative in nature, we refer them to Code of Conduct Bureau and the Public Complaint Commission,” he added
Nta said the commission had published a law report on cases handled by the commission adding that the aim was to enlighten the public on distinction between corruption and non-corruption cases.
He said the report was to assist judges in their decisions and rulings adding that the idea was also to address challenges of sending petitions outside the mandate of the commission.