The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related offence Commission (ICPC) has come out to say that it has treated more than 20,000 petitions since its establishment 20 years ago.
This was revealed as the Commission’s office in Osogbo presented prizes to Students who emerged among the best five in its National Essay competition to mark its 20th Anniversary.
According to the State Commissioner, Baba Alaro Shuaib, who spoke on behalf of the commission’s Chairman, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, more than 5000 of the petition have been investigated while over 1000 cases were at different stages of trials in courts across Nigeria.
He added that during the same period, assets worth billions of naira have been recovered, forfeited, and restrained including cash, landed property, and vehicles.
His words, “I urge you not to relent or stop at writing essays alone, you should be an anti-corruption vanguard, do not engage in any act of corruption because you will lead this country out of its present quagmire. You should evangelise against corruption among your colleagues in school, community and even at home so that there would value rebirth among the youths in order to minimise corruption in the country.”