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IGP, SEC, others seek to end corruption in MDAs


Ibrahim Idris,Inspector General of Police.

Ibrahim Idris,Inspector General of Police.

As part of measures to curb corruption in government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday promised to strengthen the disciplinary unit of the force.

The IGP made the pledge at a three-day national conference on anti-corruption organised by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Anti-Corruption and Africa Development Studies Centre (ADSC), in Abuja.

The ADSC chief, Mr. Victor Oluwafemi Walsh, said the event was to sensitise the MDAs against corrupt practices.He said it was a follow up to the one held in October for the presidency and National Assembly.

Represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Hyacinth Medulu Dogala, he said the police was committed to fighting the menace.He added that the force would reprimand any officer found guilty of corruption.

“We in the police agree that bribery is an offence and an act of corruption. This is the reason we often advise the public against offering bribe to any of our officers. When you don’t give, you would not be guilty of any corruption offence.

“We are also appealing to the public to assist the police with information that would be useful in combating kidnapping and restiveness of any kind,” he said.Idris said the police would strengthen its disciplinary unit to handle all allegations of corruption.

He said: “Our major challenge is inadequate officers to confront the numerous security issues in the country.”Also, the Director General of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Munir Gwarzo disclosed that the commission was protecting the public from corrupt practices in the capital market.

He urged investors to be wary of the money laundering schemes in the financial sector.Gwarzo, who was represented by the Director, Monitoring of SEC, Isyaku Bala Tilde, said the e-dividend registration introduced by the commission was useful in halting the sharp practices in the sector.

On his part, the Chairman, House Committee on Anti Corruption, Jide Akinloye condemned the effects of corruption in the country and urged effective communication in tackling the menace.

According to him: “We all know somebody who knows somebody that knows somebody who died in a road accident in Nigeria because the funds meant to fix the roads had made their way into private pockets.

“Sometimes, the funds meant for the development of public hospitals might have been stolen, or someone may have died in a plane crash because the aviation authorities took a bribe and abdicated their regulatory functions.”

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