The Chairman of the ICPC, Ekpo Nta says the agency will soon publish a list of the most corrupt ministries, departments and agencies
– Nta disclosed that ICPC is trying to develop a scorecard like Transparency International which rates countries as to the level of corruption of countries
– Says the anti-corruption agency is also investigating university lecturers who abuse their office by demanding sex from female students in return for good grades
There is anxiety among civil servants who live beyond their means following moves by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to beam its searchlights on wealthy civil servants.
This is in addition to plans by the agency to publish a list of the most corrupt ministries, departments and agencies.
The Chairman of the ICPC, Ekpo Nta, disclosed on Friday, April 15 that the agency recently seized 61 houses from one female public servant, The Punch reports.
“From one of the employees of one of the organisations, we seized about 61 or 62 houses in an estate. The matter is in court so I can’t say too much but I want to say that the officer was not a man. We do prosecution but also try to seize the assets acquired (through corrupt means) so that apart from prosecution, we can strip you of the assets within and outside the country,” he said.
Addressing participants of the national institute for policy and strategic studies at the Abuja headquarters of the agency, Nta said the agency was trying to figure out the ministries departments and agencies which were most corrupt.
“We are developing scorecard like Transparency International which rates countries as to the level of corruption of countries. We have developed one for ministries departments and agencies. Hopefully, we know those who will take the first prize.”
The ICPC boss said the agency was also investigating university lecturers who abuse their office by demanding sex from female students in return for good grades.
Nta said, “We have special teams that investigate universities here. Quite a number of students that have spent more than the statutory period, like young girls who have spent eight years for a four-year programme because they refused to do what should not be done. We got involved and they have graduated and we are still looking at the possibility of prosecution.”
Meanwhile, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has applauded the international community for ‘revealing’ some undoings of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Fayose, who is in Guangzhou, China to attend the 119th China Import and Export Fair otherwise known as the Canton Fair between April 14 and 19, singled out the United States of America and the United Kingdom for joining lovers of democracy in Nigeria to speak out against the All Progressives Congress (APC) government’s use of state security apparatus to oppress opposition.