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ICPC warns coalition members against corruption

11 July 2012, 16:43

 The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has threatened to prosecute any member of the National Anti-Corruption Coalition (NACC) found wanting in the fight against corruption.

Acting Chairman of the commission, Ekpo Nta, issued the warning on Wednesday in Abuja at the opening session of a two-day forum for members of the coalition.

The commission signed a memorandum of understanding with the coalition in 2005, on anti-corruption campaign.

However, the commission’s chairman, who was represented by Secretary of the commission, Elvis Oglafa, observed that some members were engaging in functions outside the letters of the agreement.

``It has come to our notice that some groups are going outside the provisions of the MOU to engage in activities that are not endorsed by the commission.

``Such activities include arrests and detention of persons, investigation of cases, intimidation and extortion of money from members of the public, flouting the name of the commission to get favours and waivers.

``I want to make it categorically clear that the commission will prosecute any member of the NACC that goes outside the provisions of the MOU to engage in unwholesome activities,’’ he said.

The Chairman urged members to ensure that their operations were limited to the provisions of the MOU.

He added that the commission would take necessary legal action against any member of the NACC that flouted the provisions of the MOU and Code of conduct.

Nta added that the objectives of the forum were to discuss more on budget processes, freedom of information act and the ICPC act.

He said that the forum would find ways to use the objectives to demand for greater accountability and transparency at all levels of governance, starting from the grassroots.

Mohammed Yahaya, Executive Director of Democratic Action Group, Kano,  also called on the stakeholders to be up and doing, to ensure that the cankerworm of corruption was eliminated totally in the country.

``Government agencies cannot fight corruption alone, all stakeholders need to be up and doing.

``The fight against corruption should be at all levels, including the private and public sector,’’ he said.



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