ICPC filed 70 cases, secured 11 convictions from 1, 569 petitions in 2016

ICPC Chairman, Ekpo Nta
ICPC Chairman, Ekpo Nta

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, has said it secured 11 convictions out of 70 corruption related cases it filed in 2016.

Speaking during a media round table organised by the commission in Abuja, its chairman, Ekpo Nta, said the commission received a total of 1,569 petitions in 2016 from which the cases were filed.

He added that 303 criminal related cases are currently ongoing in courts across the nation.

Mr. Nta said the larger percentage of the petitions which gave rise to the various categories of cases emerged from the private sector.

Citing a bar chart indicating the sectoral distribution of the various petitions, Mr. Nta said the private sector had over 700 petitions while government establishments and the educational sector followed with about 200 and 150 petitions, respectively.

He further said the commission had classified the petitions based on the various geo-political zones of the country and found that the north-central zone had the largest number with 782 complaints during the period under review.

The south-west had the second highest number of petitions, numbering 295 in all. The south-south zone had 201 petitions while the north-west zone had 118 petitions in the year under review.

According to the report, the south-east zone had 106 petitions, and the north-east zone had 62 petitions submitted to the ICPC in 2016.

Mr. Nta said the commission had for years struggled with the problem of inadequate funding, which has militated against the successful conduct of its core objectives. But he added that the current government was making efforts to improve the situation.

He said the commission was also making efforts to ensure that loopholes in the system of government that encourage corruption are closed.

According to Mr. Nta, the commission conducted what he described as a ‘system study review’ in various agencies of government, including the Bureau of Public Enterprises, the National Examination Council, NECO, the health, water and aviation sectors, and the Universal Basic Education among other agencies.

He added that the banking sector was also not left out as efforts were ongoing to ensure that the sector provides greater protection for Nigerians against fraudsters.

He urged the media to help the fight against corruption by reporting objectively and accurately.


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  • olat

    One of the problems PMB shd ve done away with along with d CBN govn.

  • Pure Reasoning

    This is a very poor rate of return. The commission was only able to secure 16% of conviction. This shows they are not doing their job effectively. And this poor statistics is a result of shady jobs by ICPC. The commission is ineffective. How can crime stop give the slow conviction rate? The court are not helping either given that they allow defendants to continue to adjourn cases for months with no end. Things has to change.

    • Ekwu

      @pure_reasoning:disqus

      The soaring level of theft in public office makes ICPC look like a joke. Those stealing don’t even
      have any memory that there’s anything called ICPC. They just haul treasury funds away in huge
      trailer-load, and in the case of Mr. Yakubu – the past GMD of the national oil company – he just
      took looting as sport and used a convoy of cars to steal away a whopping ten million dollars.

      How on earth can ICPC justify its own existence against these facts? Government officials
      steal away 100 billion a week and ICPC catches one or two who stole five hundred million
      each. Where’s the usefulness of ICPC? Hundred million recovered from 100 billion is
      nothing. ICPC just fiddles as Nigeria burns. On their part Nigerians can’t be too sure
      if ICPC is now worse than the Human Rights Commission – which is a drain on the
      treasury. The Human Rights Commission has ratedvas the worst institution for its
      self-inflicted irrelevance, staff ignorance and incompetence to carry out its
      statutory functions. Soon, iCPC may overtake it as now the very worst.

  • Fadama

    This playful agency should be scrapped or better still merged with the EFCC.

  • Gerald Okoduwa

    How would the EFCC be so active while ICPC is the very opposite? PMB should reorganize this Commission and appoint serious minded people to run it, moreso, as the rise in corruption level may soon become too tasking for EFCC alone to handle.