In its bid to check and eliminate corruption among civil servants who live beyond their earnings, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has begun arresting public servants even as it has seized 61 houses from a female public servant.
This was made known on Friday by the Chairman of the ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta, while addressing participants of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies at the Abuja headquarters of the agency.
According to him, the commission would soon begin publishing a list of the most corrupt Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
Speaking on the theme, titled: ‘The role of the ICPC in the War Against Corruption: Mandate, Strategies and Challenges’, Nta said: “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 averred that as soon as the 2016 Budget is passed, it would begin monitoring how monies are being spent and then prosecuting public servants that live beyond their means.
“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.
Nta also spoke about the commission investigating cases of sexual harassment in the Nigerian universities.
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.”