Civil Defence to refer corrupt officers’ cases to ICPC | Dailytrust

Civil Defence to refer corrupt officers’ cases to ICPC

Ondo NSCDC commandant, Hameed Abodunrin
Ondo NSCDC commandant, Hameed Abodunrin

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it would not hesitate to send its officers involved in corrupt practices to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for further actions.

The Commandant-General NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, who stated this during a courtesy visit, disclosed that NSCDC would discontinue the high-profile corruption cases before it and allows ICPC to handle them.

The CG, who stressed that ICPC has the mandate and technical know-how to perform the task also demanded the support of the commission on staff training, adding that ICPC was better placed to train NSCDC officers on investigation techniques and intelligence gathering.

“NSCDC officers have benefited through the ACTU as they have been trained on Corruption Risk Assessment and System Study,” the ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua quoted Audi to have said.

In his response, the Chairman of ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, noted that the problem of insecurity facing Nigeria was triggered by high levels of corruption and an unstable economy.

He stressed that ICPC desires to work with NSCDC in tackling the problems bedeviling the nation because of the critical link between corruption and insecurity, with grave consequences if not handled properly.

Owasanoye said that the synergy between the two agencies was paramount to the national interest as information and intelligence gathering would help in combating corruption and to reduce the tendency to crime and criminality in the country.

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