Nigerian lawmakers, police, judges most corrupt, survey reveals

A survey released by Transparency International has revealed that the police, legislature and the judiciary are among the most corrupt institutions in Nigeria.

TI in its publication of the 10th edition of the Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) – Africa, disclosed that corruption in African countries was hindering economic, political and social development.

In Nigeria, the organization partnered Practical Sampling International for the survey, sampling 1,600 people from April 26 to May 10, 2017.

The data showed that the police topped the list of most corrupt institutions in the country at 69 per cent, followed by ‘Members of Parliament’ (60) and local government officials (55).

Others were government officials (54), judges and magistrates (51), business executives (44), presidency (43), non-governmental organisations (40), traditional leaders (35) and religious leaders (20).

The survey indicated that 47 per cent public service users had paid a bribe to the police in the previous 12 months, while 44 per cent had contributed to overall bribery rate in that period.

Others were IDs (38), utilities (34), public schools (32), public clinics and health centres (20).

Asked if the government was doing a good or bad job of fighting corruption, 59 per cent indicated ‘good’, 40 per cent said ‘bad’ and one per cent said ‘don’t know.’

On whether ordinary people could make a difference in the fight against corruption, 54 per cent said ‘yes’, 41 per cent said ‘no’, four per cent said, ‘neither yes nor no’, and one per cent did not know or refused to answer.

The survey added that 43 per cent thought corruption increased in the previous 12 months.

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