Nigerians have been urged to stop giving bribes to police officers and to denounce erring officials, according to the Nigeria Police Force and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
The two agencies were among those who took part in the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption’s one-day virtual stakeholder dialogue on “effective and sustainable solutions for eliminating retail corruption” (PACAC).
Citizens, according to PACAC Executive Secretary Prof Sadiq Radda, play a crucial role in reducing petty (retail) corruption, the majority of which takes the form of bribery.
He believes that retail corruption may be eliminated if citizens follow the law and follow the norms, as well as when institutions perform well.
“We have retail corruption because of cutting corners. There are procedures for completing tasks. “Process and protocols should be respected,” he stated.
Radda advocated for the use of technology to automate operations that are vulnerable to fraud.
He went on to say that government agencies have a responsibility to provide quality and efficient service delivery so that ordinary Nigerians do not have to cut corners or become upset.
X-Squad, the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit, and the Police Complaint Response Unit, according to Deputy Commissioner of Police Olaolu Adegbite of the Force Intelligence Bureau, have urged Nigerians to report infractions by officers and men to the X-Squad, the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit, and the Police Complaint Response Unit (PCRU).
Ntukidem Godwin, a senior FRSC official, said the Corps has used body cameras to monitor officers’ field actions in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with plans to replicate the system in other states.
He claimed that Nigerians who follow traffic regulations have no incentive to pay bribes to police officers, and that some citizens who file reports rarely provide evidence.
The occasion featured a keynote lecture by Prof Bolaji Owasanoye (SAN), chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), who was represented by Dr Chris Chinda.
Senator Suleiman Abdul Kwari, chairman of the Senate Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes Committee, was represented by his advisor Ashley Emenike.
Abiodun Aikhomu of the Attorney-Office, General’s Usman Dakinviri of the Nigeria Customs Service, and Debo Adeniran, Executive Chairman of the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), were among the other speakers.