ICPC, Army partner to fight graft

The Nigerian Army and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission said they would collaborate in the fight against corruption in the country.

This was announced on Thursday in Ibadan during the visit of the General Officer Commanding, 2 Division of Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Laz Ilo, to the Oyo/Ogun State office of the anti-graft agency.

In his address, Ilo promised that the 2 Division of the Nigerian Army would support ICPC to nip corruption in the bud and help the agency achieve the purpose of its establishment.

He said his visit was to further enhance the civil-military relations between the Division and the agency by creating room for synergy.

Ilo said, “The primary objective of this visit is in furtherance of civil-military relations between the men of the 2 Division of the Nigerian Army and the ICPC, in the spirit of reciprocity as well as to create a kind of synergy that will promote inter-agency collaboration and cooperation.

“I want to assure you that the Nigerian Army will continue to work with the ICPC to achieve her objective in the fight against corruption and indiscipline in the country. No society can forge ahead without discipline and the agency is at the core of enthroning discipline, hence we will work and collaborate with them.”

In his response, the ICPC Commissioner in charge of Oyo/Ogun office, Mr. Stephen Pimor, said it was vital for the two organisations to form a bond against corruption, adding that in the course of carrying out investigation, the support of the Nigerian Army might be needed.

“Corruption cannot be fought by a single person or a single agency or commission, hence the need for inter-agency collaboration and the role of the media to the success of anti-corruption crusade cannot be over-emphasised in this wise,” he said.

Culled from The Punch