ICPC inaugurates 100 volunteer whistleblowers in Ekiti

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC) on Friday said more corrupt civil servants and other individuals would soon be exposed as the agency prepares to start using its volunteers as whistle blowers.

The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Ekpo Nta, said in Ado Ekiti while inaugurating the state chapter of the National Anti- Corruption Volunteer Corps, (NAVC) that no corrupt person would have a place to hide when the volunteers begin full operation.

The ICPC boss, who was represented by the National Coordinator of the Corps, Mr. Mike Sowe said the basic job of the volunteers, includes intense mobilisation against sharp practices as well as providing scoops that would lead to the apprehension of fraudulent persons or group.

He said the commission had realised that no country had ever won a war against corruption without making use of volunteers.

According to him, no fewer than 500 applications were received by the commission from the state, out of which 100 applicants were selected.

He said applicants were not expected not to be less than 25 years, must already be in gainful employment and agree that they would not be paid by ICPC for the work.

Sowe warned the volunteers against deviating from the noble ideals of the commission and should not use their position to engage in illegal arrests, harassment or intimidation of innocent persons.

He announced that a training programme would be organized for all the successful volunteers to enable them to understand the nature of corruption as well as the operational guidelines of the NAVC.

The ICPC boss said that erring volunteers would have their memberships withdrawn adding that the commission would also not hesitate to take criminal action against any abuse of position
by any volunteer.

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