Survey Reveals Police, Power Sector As Most Corrupt Institutions In Nigeria
The Police in Nigeria have emerged as the most corrupt public institution in the country, according to a new survey released today by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).
The power sector was ranked second in the survey’s corruption index, which examined five public institutions in Nigeria in the last 5 years.
Other public institutions identified as corrupt by 70% of Nigerians surveyed are: the judiciary, education and health ministries. The survey reveals that the level of corruption has not changed in the last 5 years.
The report entitled Nigeria: Corruption Perception Survey was launched at the Sheraton Hotels, Lagos.
According to the survey, “a bribe is paid in 54% of interactions with the police. In fact, there is a 63% probability that an average Nigerian would be asked to pay a bribe each time he or she interacted with the police. That is almost two out of three.”
Professor Akin Oyebode who chaired the launching of the report said: “Nigeria is looked upon as a giant of Africa. Yet Nigeria could not conduct free, fair and credible elections. It is a smear on the image of Nigeria".
"If we do away with selective enforcement and condonation of corruption, we will build and live in a better society. Corruption is a refined form of stealing. The politicians are stealing our common patrimony. Development of the people is almost inversely proportional to the level of corruption.” he added.
The survey identified Corruption as a significant impediment to law enforcement, access to justice and basic public services such as affordable healthcare, education, and electricity supply.