ICPC to flush out corrupt officers out of Police Force

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) has solicited the collaboration of the Nigerian Police to tackle corruption in the force.

The ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, made the call when he led a management team of the commission to the Inspector-General of Police (I-G) Muhammed Adamu in Abuja.

Spokesperson of the anti-graft agency, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

Owasanoye cited the recent sting operation between the ICPC and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) that led to the arrest of some marshals involved in extortion of motorists.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that 37 FRSC operatives were arrested in the operation in late August.

He said if replicated on “deviant policemen”, it would help “correct some of the public perception of corruption in the Police.’’

The ICPC boss stressed the importance of collaboration among law enforcement agencies to stem the tide of corruption in the country.

According to him, there are several areas of collaboration between the ICPC and the police that needed to be rejigged for effective service delivery.

One of them, he said, is the deployment of armed police personnel to the commission’s offices across the country.

He identified another area as assignment of a ‘special protection squad’ for the commission’s “big-ticket investigations’’ like Constituency Projects Tracking, sting operations.

Owasanoye explained that the current practice was for ICPC to write to Police Commissioners in various State Commands for armed policemen when the need arose.

The ICPC boss said the commission needed the support of the police and the Department of State Services to secure government’s approval for some categories of its staff to carry arms.

He stated that due to the dangerous nature of ICPC operations, its operatives should be armed to protect themselves in the line of duty.

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  1. Tarkighir Iorliam on

    Is it only in the police that we have corrupt people, what about the politician who are sapping this country dry? They(Icpc) should concentrate on the big thieves, rather than disturbing us about police corruption.No police man has never been found wanting in high profile corruption case in this country yet we continue hearing these noise. How good is the ICPC themselves?

    • Boniface marcel on

      Police is a decent organization with systematic modus operandi that is devoid of high profile corruption tendency with ethical orientation of their staff. Despite d outcry of corruption manifestation of policemen by d general public, I had never see any police officer that carted away any billions of naira like other highly rated officer in other ministries. However, d conspicuous complaints by d public has instigated a move by IG to seek collaboration with ICPC to addresses d anomalies though dis could usher in more trust and accountability in police. I think corruption pervade and prevalent in all facet of our society.

  2. Boniface marcel on

    Police is a decent organization with systematic modus operandi that is devoid of high profile corruption tendency with ethical orientation of their staff. Despite d outcry of corruption manifestation of policemen by d general public, I had never see any police officer that carted away any billions of naira like other highly rated officer in other ministries. However, d conspicuous complaints by d public has instigated a move by IG to seek collaboration with ICPC to addresses d anomalies though dis could usher in more trust and accountability in police. I think corruption pervade and prevalent in all facet of our society.

  3. who is going to flush the corrupt icpc official or are the trying to tell Nigerians that the icpc don’t have corrupt officials.Naija comedy

  4. It is a pity in this country of ours by reducing the integrities of our police men who happened to be the best police in the world whenever they had an international collaboration outside Nigeria. It is cos of the dirty #100 giving them along the forests. I am not supporting corruption of any form. They don’t have work to do.Let them them go out and recover our trillions from our pockettician(politician) in the name of constituency projects allowances. They should stop deceiving us that they are working. Let them go after those Governors, Senators, Federal rep members, ministers to formmit our common wealth..Most of our major high ways by mere presence of the Nigerian police settled the road users. Tell ICPC to face their constitutional responsibilities and stop molding the image of the Nigerian police for us.We can only reform our police and provides those necessary inputs for them to function well.Which includes training and retraining of their personnel periodically, reasonable allowances with a good salaries. In my personal opinion, Let us give them the necessary tools and see if they will not be better.No raincoats, helmets, bullet proofjacket for the men.We should always fear God in this country. Go to Ghana,Niger,Sudan,Mali and other African countries and compare and contrast the packaging for their police men.My brother, you will cry for our police. Conclusively, let us provides for the heedful for the Nigerian police if they will not do the needful.Thanks and God bless the Nigeria and the Nigerian police for using their bodies to protect life and property across the country. Good day

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