The chairman of ICPC, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, says the commission has adopted a holistic approach to combat corruption. The ICPC boss says the agency is prosecuting the proprietors of some illegal universities recently shutdown by the commission Some illegal universities and fake NYSC camps operating in parts of the country have been shut down by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
The chairman of the commission, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, said in total, the agency shut about 21 illegal universities and fake NYSC camps across the country, Sun reports. Owasanoye made the disclosure on Thursday, September 28, in Kebbi state during one-day interactive seminar for religious leaders.
The chairman who was represented by the ICPC Sokoto office head, Jimoy Bulus Mai, stated that the commission had to adopt a holistic approach to combat corruption. He said: “To effective[ly] address the pervasive nature of corruption in the society, the Commission adopts a holistic approach to combating corruption through the combination of the enforcement, prevention and public education strategies.”
“We closed 21 illegal degree-awarding institutions and fake NYSC camps across Nigeria,. We are prosecuting their proprietors now.”
Meanwhile, the Inter-Governmental Action against Money Laundering in West Africa has pledged support for efforts by the EFCC and the Nigerian government to ensure the lifting of the suspension of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) from the Egmont Group in the shortest time possible.
The director-general of GIABA, Adama Coulibaly, made the pledge on Wednesday, September 27 when he lead a delegation on a courtesy visit to the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja. While commending the EFCC for championing the anti-corruption crusade in Nigeria, Coulibaly said that the agency’s achievements were not only for the country, but for the African continent.