ICPC receives 942 petitions, recovers N10bn

The Chairman  of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, Mr. Ekpo Nta, said on Tuesday that the ICPC had received 942 corruption-related petitions from members of the public.

Out of the figure, he said investigations into 384 were concluded, while 59 of the cases were charged to court.

Nta added that, so far, the commission secured convictions on five of the cases.

The Chairman spoke in Abuja as he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Anti-Corruption to defend the 2016 budget of the agency.

Nta also disclosed that in 2015, the commission recovered assets and cash worth N10bn from corruption-related cases.

He revealed that in collaboration with the National Universities Commission, the ICPC also identified 26 universities he said portrayed the country in a bad light through their operation.

He did not name the institutions.

On challenges facing the commission, he stated that the agency had no forensic laboratory for use in conducting investigations.

To perform its duties, Nta said the ICPC relied on the forensic laboratory of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Culled from the Punch