ICPC Tasks Society Groups On Corruption


The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has stated that it is now set to prosecute any member of its affiliate groups including The National Anti-Corruption Coalition (NACC) who engage in unlawful acts likely to drag its name in the mud. Folu Olamiti, the Commission’s Head of Media disclosed via a statement that the ICPC read the riot act during a function in Abuja to all members of its affiliate groups who it alleged have been found wanting in acts of illegal arrest, detention, investigation, intimidation and extortion of unsuspecting members of the public.
In his opening remarks during a Forum on Public Accountability for members of Anti-corruption Coalition at Bolingo Hotel, Abuja, the ICPC Chairman, Barrister Ekpo Nta represented by the Secretary of ther commission Mr Elvis Oglafa made it known that the Commission would no longer tolerate unwholesome conduct from any member of the Coalition. The ICPC boss recalled that the need to make the operations of the Commission people-driven thereby creating a vibrant civil society, informed its partnership with the National Anti-Corruption Coalition, saying that members of the Coalition should guide the Memorandum of Understanding they signed with ICPC jealously. He said, “It has come to our notice that some groups are going outside the provisions of the MOU to engage in activities that are not endorsed by the Commission. Such activities include arrests and detention of persons, investigation of cases, intimidation and extortion of money from members of the Public”. He added that the suspected groups were also in the habit of flaunting the image of ICPC to get favours and waivers, impersonation of/posing as staff of the Commission, as well as using the logo of ICPC without authorisation. He averred, “I want to make it categorically clear that the Commission will prosecute any member of the NACC that goes outside the provision of the MOU to engage in unwholesome activities”, as he enjoined members to always limit their operations to the law guiding the ICPC establishment. Barrister Nta however said the ICPC had been making efforts to coordinate the activities of NACC in order to engender active participation and efficiency of all members. Part of those efforts, he said included, various capacity building workshops, interactive fora where ideas were exchanged, joint execution of projects and support for various projects with funds and resource faculty.
Speaking further, the ICPC Chair commended some Non Governmental Organisations whose activities, he said had been outstanding, since they had developed initiatives and working relationship with ICPC, urging NACC members to emulate such virtues. Barrister Nta explained that the Forum orginised by ICPC for members of the Coalition had the objective of discussing the process of budgeting, Freedom of Information Act and ICPC Act with a view to see how the issues slated for discussion could be used to demand for greater accountability at every level of governance from the grassroots.

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