The ICPC Mandate
The Commission’s mandate rests in the investigation, prosecution, and prevention of offences of corruption. It includes the following:
- Prevention of corruption through the review of lax operational systems in Ministries, Agencies, and Parastatals.
- Education of the public against corruption.
- Enlisting public support for the fight against corruption.
Duties of the Commission:
Section 6 (a-f) of the ICPC Act 2000 sets out the duties of the Commission as paraphrased in the following:
- To receive and investigate complaints from members of the public on allegations of corrupt practices and in appropriate cases, prosecute the offenders.
- To examine the practices, systems and procedures of public bodies and where such systems aid corruption, to direct and supervise their review.
- To instruct, advise and assist any officer, agency, or parastatal on ways by which fraud or corruption may be eliminated or minimized by such officer, agency or parastatal.
- To advise heads of public bodies of any changes in practice, systems or procedures compatible with the effective discharge of the duties of public bodies to reduce the likelihood or incidence of bribery, corruption and related offences.
- To educate the public on and against bribery, corruption and related offences.
- To enlist and foster public support in combating corruption.
With respect to the prosecution of cases, the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 provides that every prosecution for offences under it shall be deemed to be done with the consent of the Attorney-General. Furthermore, it is provided that the Chief Judge of a State or the Federal Capital Territory shall designate a court or judge to hear and determine all cases arising under the Act. Presently, there are two such designated Judges in each State of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory