The Nigeria Police Force and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have asked Nigerians to stop offering their officers bribes or gratifications.
The two law enforcement agencies made the call at a one-day virtual stakeholder dialogue on ‘Effective And Sustainable Strategies For Curbing Retail Corruption,’ organised by the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption.
Olaolu Adegbite of the Force Intelligence Bureau specifically asked Nigerians to report infractions committed by officers and men of the police force to the X-Squad, the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit and the Police Complaint Response Unit.
According to Adegbite, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, the provision of bribes to police officers is a criminal offence.
He said: “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.”
Also speaking, Ntukidem Godwin, a senior FRSC official, said the Corps has deployed body cameras to monitor officers’ field activities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He added that plans are being made to replicate the development in other states.
In his remarks, Prof Sadiq Radda, Executive Secretary of PACAC, said citizens have a critical role to play in ending petty corruption.
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.”