How Nigerians Spent N400bn On Bribe In One Year – NBS

The National Corruption Survey published by the National Bureau of Statistics has shown that Nigerians have spent about N400 billion on payment for bribe between June 2015 and June 2016.

According to the report, almost one bribe is paid by every adult Nigerian per year by combining the total number of people who paid a bribe to a public official.

“Almost a third of Nigerian adults pay bribes when in contact with public officials Almost a third of Nigerian adults (32.3 per cent) who had contact with a public official between June 2015 and May 2016 had to pay or were requested to pay, a bribe to that public official.

“The magnitude of public sector bribery in Nigeria becomes even more palpable when factoring in the frequency of those payments, as the majority of those who paid a bribe to a public official did so more than once over the course of the year.”

Furthermore, it was disclosed that bribe-payers in Nigeria pay an average of some six bribes in one year, or roughly one bribe every two months.

“On average, almost one bribe is paid by every adult Nigerian per year by combining the total number of people who paid a bribe to a public official with the frequency of those payments, it is estimated that a total of roughly 82.3 million bribes were paid in Nigeria in the 12 months prior to the survey.

“This results in an average of 0.93 bribes paid per adult, or almost one bribe paid by every adult Nigerian per year.

“Roughly 400 billion Nigerian Naira spent on bribes each year taking into account the fact that nine out of every ten bribes paid to public officials in Nigeria are paid in cash and the size of the payments made, it is estimated that the total amount of bribes paid to public officials in Nigeria in the 12 months prior to the survey was around 400 billion Nigerian Naira (NGN), the equivalent of $4.6 billion in purchasing power parity (PPP).

“This sum is equivalent to 39 per cent of the combined federal and state education budgets in 2016,” the report stated.

The survey also showed that the private sector has a major role to play in Nigeria’s level of corruption.

According to the report, while private schools are ranked 5.9 per cent, the wide spread presence of bribery is 3.7 per cent among doctors in a private hospital.

The survey ranks nurses as responsible for 3.3 per cent of bribery in the private sector while 1.9 per cent of bank officials take bribe with a prevalence rate of 2.1 per cent.

Furthermore, it indicated that the prevalence of bribery in the insurance sector is the highest by 6 per cent.

It also stated that Police officers are among the three types of public officials to whom bribes are paid most frequently.

“The average bribe paid to Police officers is somewhat below the average bribe size. Although fewer people come into contact with judiciary officials than with police officers over the course of the year, when they do, the risk of bribery is considerable: at 33 per cent, the prevalence of bribery in relation to prosecutors is the second highest, closely followed by judges and magistrates.

“While money is by far the most important form of bribe payment in Nigeria, the survey shows that other forms of bribe payment, such as the provision of food and drink, the handing over of valuables or the exchange of another service or favour, also exist.

“Qualitative research shows that such exchanges may sometimes include sexual services, although the actual extent of that particular form of bribe payment is unknown,” the report added.

Police Caution Politicians Ahead Of Abia LG Polls

abia-policeAhead of the Abia local government elections, the state Police has challenged politicians to play by the rules and avoid actions capable of disturbing the existing peace.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Adeleye Oyebade, asked political leaders to ensure that they do not allow their supporters to create mayhem before, during and after the exercise.

The December 21 polls which coincides with the run-up to the yuletide celebrations, follows the just concluded violence-ridden rerun elections in River state.

The police commissioner also led men and officers of his command into the streets and markets to create awareness on what he described as the “new form of policing” that frowns at bribery and corruption.

He warned that police officers have been stationed in critical areas to fish out miscreants set to foment trouble.

Police IG Explains Reasons For Removal Of Checkpoints

IGPThe Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, says he ordered the removal of police checkpoints on the highways upon assuming office to reduce bribery and corruption.



Mr Arase gave this explanation during one of his routine visits to commands during which he holds security briefs with the commissioners.

The Police boss on his visit to the FCT Police Command, said that such roadblocks encouraged corruption among some of his officers who collect bribes from commuters on the highway.

The IGP said that such act only reduced officers of the Police Force to mere beggars and had also brought the image of the force to disrepute in the past.

Mr Arase then emphasized the need for officers to carry out their duties professionally.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, however, appealed to the IGP to create more commands within the FCT.

According to him, the current population of the capital city has overstretched the FCT Police Command.

The IGP has made similar visits to Lagos, Anambra, and Plateau States recently to hold the same meeting with their commissioners.

FIFA Bans Chuck Blazer From Football Related Activities For Life

fifaThe World football governing body, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), has banned former Executive Committee Member and ex-Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) General Secretary, Chuck Blazer, from all football related activity for life.

The decision was taken as Blazer was said to have worked undercover with prosecutors in the United States after pleading guilty to charges of bribery, money laundering and tax evasion.

According to FIFA, the decision was taken on the basis of investigations carried out by the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee in response to the final report of the CONCACAF Integrity Committee and the latest facts presented by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

”Mr Blazer committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF.

”In his positions as a football official, he was a key player in schemes involving the offer, acceptance, payment and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, bribes and kickbacks as well as other money-making schemes.

”He was found guilty of violations of art. 13 (General rules of conduct), art. 15 (Loyalty), art. 16 (Confidentiality), art. 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting), art. 19 (Conflicts of interest), art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) and art. 21 (Bribery and corruption) of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

Mr Blazer had told a federal judge that he “agreed to accept bribes” to bring the World Cup to South Africa in 2010 and also helped to “facilitate” a bribe in connection with selecting France to host the tournament in 1998.

However, South Africa has denied the bribed allegations that it gave bribe to secure the hosting of the World Cup in 2010.

Ikorodu: Okada Rider Shot By Policeman Identified As Olalekan

The young motorcycle rider, identified as Olalekan, who was shot dead yesterday by a policeman in Ikorodu, Lagos, was shot three times by the law enforcement agent when he tried to resist the seizure of his motorcycle.

Channels Television correspondent, Lauretta Chiogor, who visited the area reported that Olalekan died instantly.

A visit to the Ikorodu General Hospital also revealed that three Rapid Respond Squad (RRS) vehicles have been stationed around the premises and the hospital gates have been locked as friends wait outside the gate, waiting to see the corpse of the victim.

The Okada riders association in the area has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the police officer, identified as Haruna.

Allegations involving bribery and corruption have been leveled against the officer whose whereabouts are unknown at present.

Sources told Channels Television that Haruna demands sums from N5000 up to N15000 from Okada riders, who he insists are plying illegal routes.