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Jonathan was right, Stealing Is Not Corruption – ICPC Boss

ICPC Chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta
ICPC Chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta
Giving the yard stick between stealing and corruption, the Independent Corrupt Practices Commissions (ICPC) Chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta, has once again said “stealing is not corruption.”
Speaking to in Lagos, Nta explained that commission would be fare better if there was a proper understanding of the word corruption.
Ex President Goodluck Jonathan came under fire from the opposition when he said, on presidential media chat that stealing is not corruption. But Nta argued that from the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (ONCAC) and the ICPC Act, the first item that falls under corrupt practices is bribery in public and private offices.
Backing up his views with Articles 15 and 16 of UNCAC and sections 8, 9 and 10 of the ICPC Act, he listed what is considered as corruption under Article 19 of UNCAC and Section 19 of the ICPC Act as: illicit enrichment, trading in influence etc.
“If I walk into your office and I say that I have been sent by the president that this contact you are about to award must be awarded to me and now drop his card or the president’s card on the table. This is also an offence under corrupt practice” he illustrated.
According to him, the controversy emanating from the definition of corruption is as a result of a long entrenched misunderstanding of the vice.
“If you don’t know what you are fighting then you might be busy fighting other things and thinking you are addressing the problem,” he stated.
Nta reiterated that the major function of the ICPC is to check abuse of office by public office holders and government officials.
Stealing, he said, falls under the criminal code and should be reported to the police.

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