The Nigeria Police Force and the Federal Road Safety Corps on Tuesday, July 27, urged Nigerians to stop offering their officers bribes.
According to the agencies, the populace should endeavour to report any officer who demanded a bribe.
This appeal was made during 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 as well as men to the X-Squad; the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit; as well as the Police Complaint Response Unit.
“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.
In his comments, 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.”
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that transforming Africa’s food system is an obvious task; requiring the active mobilisation and also prioritisation of both public and private investments.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Tuesday, July 27, in Abuja, said the vice president virtually spoke at the preparatory meeting of the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021.
The pre-summit is a prelude to the global event scheduled for Rome, Italy, in September; an event the vice president described as crucial just as the previous dialogues held in several countries on food systems.
He said that the Federal Government was committed to complementing existing development plans; sectoral strategies; as well as prioritising investments in specific innovations; and also technologies to transform food systems in the country.