Corruption: ICPC vows to probe civil servants – The Punch

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission says the current anti-graft war is not limited to corrupt politicians alone as it will soon begin investigating corrupt civil servants across the nation.

The Chairman, ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta, said this on a programme titled, Frank Talk, on Rave 91.7FM, Osogbo.

While speaking on the current affairs programme, Nta said corrupt civil servants aid the political class in wreaking havoc to the nation’s treasury and are often beneficiaries of corruption. He said such corrupt civil servants would soon be brought to justice.

He said, “Today, political functionaries are answering charges of corruption before various courts of the land but I want to assure you that civil servants who are found culpable of corruption will soon start to face the wrath of the law. There is no hiding place for those who betrayed public trust reposed in them.”

The ICPC chairman, who noted that leadership had a major role to play in the fight against corruption, said his agency was dedicated to evolving a preventive mechanism that would help stem the tide of corruption in Nigeria.

Nta said it was important for Nigeria to build a culture of anti-corruption and inculcate the virtues of high morals in young Nigerians through a concerted educational policy.

He said the society as a whole had a critical role to play in the fight against corruption, urging Nigerians to start exposing corrupt people.

The ICPC boss, in a response to questions from listeners of RAVE 91.7 FM, said his agency was not in competition with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on the fight against corruption, stressing that the two agencies are complimentary and not competitive as stipulated in the enabling laws of the agencies.

Culled from The Punch