I will defend ICPC cases in court – Chairman

The independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes (ICPCChairman Musa Aliyu has announced that he will appear in court to represent the commission in anti-corruption proceedings.

At a media conference with reporters in Abuja on Wednesday, the head of the anti-graft agency – who previously served as the Attorney-General of Jigawa State before being appointed Chairman of the ICPC – explained that the fight against corruption would require a collaborative, multi-sectoral approach required, which goes beyond the capabilities of a single entity.

To combine views, knowledge and resources, he announced that his government will work with a wide range of stakeholders, including the media, other anti-corruption organizations, civil society, the commercial sector, foreign allies and individuals.

Aliyu said, “I will lead by example. By the grace of God, I intend to appear in ICPC cases (in court). I don't think an ICPC chairman has ever appeared in court, but I will be the first. I am deeply committed to realizing a vision for Nigeria where the principles of integrity, accountability and transparency are not mere ideals, but are deeply woven into the fabric of our society.

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“In line with this commitment, the ICPC is actively strengthening interagency cooperation. A recent example of this is our recent visit to the EFCC. By joining forces and sharing resources, we aim to intensify our collective fight against corruption and pave the way for a more transparent and accountable Nigeria. We would collaborate more with the EFCC, the CCB and the NFIU.

“Innovation is crucial in our ongoing fight against corruption. We are in an age where technology has revolutionized the way we live and work. As such, the ICPC is committed to integrating innovative approaches and cutting-edge technology into our operational framework.

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“From deploying data analytics for efficient resource management to deploying advanced digital tools for effective corruption detection, technology will be at the forefront of our strategies.”

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