ICPC Reveals That Over 400 Corruption Cases Still Pending

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has revealed that over 400 corruption-related cases were pending in various courts across the country.

According to The Punch, this was made known by the chairman of the anti-graft agency, Mr. Nta Ekpo on Thursday, December 17 when he appeared before the Senate committee on Anti-Corruption ‎and Financial Crimes. The committee was headed by Senator Chukwuka Utazi.

He explained that the ICPC had carried out some reforms but that the unavailability of adequate budgetary provisions by the previous government was responsible for the agency to perform its functions.

Ekpo said that 90 percent of the budget meant for the commission was spent annually on prosecution while only 10 percent was spent on the prevention of corruption.

He explained that this was not in line with the recommendation of the United Nations as 60 per cent ought to have been spent on prevention and 40 percent on prosecution.

He said: “Nineteen percent of the time, we talk about corruption. No one spends time to talk about anti-corruption. There is a clear distinction between corruption and other financial crimes.

“When we were sworn in, I was being abused on a daily basis on the pages of national newspapers because of my approach to fighting corruption.

“Our budgetary provisions every year has always been on fighting corruption. Only 10 percent is budgeted for prevention. Corruption is a transnational issue. It goes beyond Nigeria.

“People did not know that we had about 400 cases going on at the beginning of the year. We had to place an advertisement for Nigerians to know what is happening. ICPC has been in the forefront of educating Nigerians on anti-corruption.” ‎

Meanwhile, the senior economic adviser, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili described Nigeria’s corruption as a serious interlocking padlock saying it is no longer a chain.