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STOP OFFERING US BRIBE – FRSC, POLICE TO NIGERIANS

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Nigerian Police, Tuesday urged Nigerians to stop offering bribe to their officers and also urged the public to report any officer who demands bribe from them.

The FRSC and the Police made this at a one-day virtual stakeholder dialogue on “EFFECTIVE AND SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES FOR CURBING RETAIL CORRUPTION” organised by the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC).

Olaolu Adegbite, Deputy Commissioner of Police, of the Force Intelligence Bureau, urged Nigerians to report indiscipline on the part of officers and men of the force to the X-Squad, the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit and the Police Complaint Response Unit (PCRU) for investigation and prosecution when found wanting.

He said: “The X-Squad monitors unethical conduct. Citizens can approach the squad with information.

“The IG Monitoring Unit also conducts sting operations and arrests officers in the field and makes recoveries. Citizens must provide support through evidence.

“Citizens should stop the act of offering bribe and gratification, which is a crime under the Criminal Code,” he said.

Prof Sadiq Radda, the, PACAC Executive Secretary said at the virtual stakeholder dialogue, that populace have a critical role to play in ending corruption.

According to him: “Cutting corners is why we have retail corruption. There are processes for getting things done. We should have respect for process and procedures”

Prof Radda also said that government agencies have a duty to be up and doing by providing quality and efficient service delivery so as to make average Nigerians not to have the need to cut corners out of frustration.

Ntukidem Godwin, a senior FRSC official, said the Corps has acquired and deployed body cameras to monitor officers’ field activities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and that plans are in the works to replicate such in all the states of the country.

According to hi, when you abide by the rules and regulation, you won’t have the need to offer bribe to anyone.

He said: “Don’t commit traffic violations and don’t offer our officers bribe. Don’t tempt us with bribe so that we can let you go.”

The keynote address was done by Prof Bolaji Owasanoye (SAN), Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), ably represented by Dr Chris Chinda.

Senator Suleiman Abdul Kwari , Committee Chairman of the Senate Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes was ably represented by his advisor Ashley Emenike.

The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, was represented by Abiodun Aikhomu, Executive Chairman, Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) Debo Adeniran and Usman Dakinviri of the Nigeria Customs Service were all speakers at the virtual event, among others not mentioned here.

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