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Nigerians should stop offering us bribes, say Police, FRSC

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By Favour Goodness

The Nigeria Police Force and the Federal Road Safety Corps have urged Nigerians to stop offering their officers bribe.

The services also urged the public to report any officer who demanded bribe.

The two agencies were among participants at a one-day virtual stakeholder dialogue on ‘Effective And Sustainable Strategies For Curbing Retail Corruption,’ organised by the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption.

A Deputy Commissioner of Police, Olaolu Adegbite, of the Force Intelligence Bureau, 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.

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

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“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.

A senior FRSC official, Ntukidem Godwin, said the Corps has deployed body cameras to monitor officers’ field activities in the Federal Capital Territory, adding that there are plans to replicate it in other states.

PACAC Executive Secretary, Prof Sadiq Radda, said citizens have a critical role to play in ending petty corruption, which occurs in form of bribery.

He said, “Cutting corners is why we have retail corruption. There are processes for getting things done. We should have respect for process and procedures.”

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