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Nigerian lawyers offered over N5.7bn bribes on electoral cases – Report

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Maryam Hassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The latest report on Nigeria Corruption Index has revealed how Nigerian lawyers offered bribery to the tune of over five billion Naira on mostly electoral matters.

The report which was carried out by the Anti-Corruption Academy and obtained by PRNigeria revealed the sectoral impact of the incidents of corruption would have both direct and ripple effects on the whole country.

The Anti-Corruption Academy is an intellectual arm of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

The report disclosed that 9.9% of lawyers reported the experiences of paying a bribe in connection to cases, mostly electoral matters they were handling.

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“However, the total amount reported by this relatively small group of lawyers amounted to N5,733,980.000.00,” it reported.

Similarly, out of 124 judges interviewed for the survey, 11 responded that they had been offered bribes to influence their handling of a case.

The report stated that bribery offered to judges are sometimes done through spouses, parents, religious or traditional leaders, former of serving colleagues.

The people offering the bribes use the intermediary to insulate themselves from the backlash of their corrupt practice.

“While the judge may refuse the bribe without hesitation, there may be more than a little reluctance to report the incident because of the role played by the intermediary.”

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The magnitude of assets and volume of money involved in grand corruption are such that just a few incidents can have disastrous consequences for the whole sector.

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