The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC, has seized 61 houses from one female public servant and revealed that it would soon begin publishing a list of the most corrupt Ministries, Departments/Agencies, as well as arresting civil servants who live above their means.
Chairman of the ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta made this known while addressing participants of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies at the Abuja headquarters of the agency on Friday.
Speaking on the theme, ‘The role of the ICPC in the War Against Corruption: Mandate, Strategies and Challenges’, Nta revealed that the commission had begun prosecuting public servants that live beyond their means, adding that once the 2016 Budget is passed, the ICPC would begin monitoring how monies are being spent.
The ICPC boss mentioned that the commission has seized about 61 0r 62 houses in an estate owned by one of the female employees of one of the organisations. The matter he says is in court and so much can’t be disclosed on the matter for now.
Nta explains that the ICPC prosecutes but also tries to seize the assets acquired (through corrupt means) so that apart from prosecution, a corrupt official can be stripped of his/her assets within and outside the country.
He also mentioned that the agency is developing a scorecard like Transparency International which rates countries based on the level of corruption of countries, adding that they have developed one for ministries, departments and agencies.
Revealing a new side role of the commission, Nta explained that even though it was the role of the police to investigate cases of sexual harassment and rape, it was also the role of the ICPC to investigate cases bordering on abuse of office.
Therefore, the ICPC is also investigating university lecturers who demand sex from female students in return for good grades. Nta said the commission has special teams that investigate universities.