Nigerians have been encouraged by the Nigeria Police Force and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to cease paying bribes to their police officers.
They also asked the public to report any official who demanded a bribe from them as part of their efforts to combat corruption.
The security agencies gave this advice at a one-day virtual stakeholder dialogue on “effective and sustainable strategies for curbing retail corruption” organized by the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC).
Prof Sadiq Radda, PACAC’s Executive Secretary, stated that citizens have a key role to play 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.
A Deputy Commissioner of Police, Olaolu Adegbite, of the Force Intelligence Bureau, who spoke at the event, urged Nigerians to report any erring officer to the X-Squad, the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit, and the Police Complaint Response Unit (PCRU).
“The X-Squad monitors unethical conduct. Citizens can approach the squad with information. 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.
Also speaking, a senior FRSC official, Ntukidem Godwin, said the Corps has deployed technology through body cameras to monitor officers’ field activities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), adding that there are plans to replicate it in other states.
He said; “Don’t commit traffic violations and don’t offer our officers bribe. Don’t tempt us with bribe so that we can let you go”.