Independent Corrupt Practices and Other
Related Offences Commission ICPC
It is the apex body vested by law with the responsibility to fight corruption and other related offences in Nigeria. It was set up and empowered by the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 which was signed into law on June 13, 2000. The ICPC was inaugurated on the 29th of September 2000 by President Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, with a Chairman and 12 Members. The Commission’s mandate rests in the investigation, prosecution and prevention of offences of corruption.
The duties of the Commission are contained in section 6 (a) (f) of the Act 2000. This section confers 3 main responsibilities on the ICPC. They are given in summary:
The Commission pursues its education and mobilization mandate through a number of strategies under its National Integrity Project which is an umbrella platform for institutionalizing Integrity in the various sectors of the socio-economic landscape. These strategies include the National Anti-corruption Volunteer Corps (NAVC), National Anti-corruption Coalition (NAC), Integrity First Initiative (IFI), Grassroots Integrity Outreach, Integrity Clubs and the National Values Curriculum (NVC) for use at all levels of education. Various publications that promote the mandate of the Commission also exist for the consumption of the general public and this handbook on “Frequently Asked Questions” is one of them.
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