The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission, ICPC, says it has commenced investigation into cases of sexual harassment by some university lecturers who demand sex from female students in return for good grades.
This was disclosed on Friday by the Chairman of ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta, while addressing participants of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, at the Abuja headquarters of the agency.
He noted that in as much as it was the function of the police to handle cases of sexualharassment and rape, it was also the role of the ICPC to investigate cases bordering on abuse of office.
His words, “We have special teams that investigate universities here. Quite a number of students that have spent more than the statutory period, like young girls who have spent eight years for a four-year programme because they refused to do what should not be done. We got involved and they have graduated and we are still looking at the possibility of prosecution.”
Nta, who spoke on the theme, ‘The role of the ICPC in the War Against Corruption: Mandate, Strategies and Challenges’ also stated that his commission has started taking into custody civil servants who live beyond their earnings, adding that it seized 61 houses from one female public servant.
Stressing that ICPC would soon make public list of most corrupt Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, he said: “We are developing scorecard like Transparency International which rates countries as to the level of corruption of countries. We have developed one for ministries departments and agencies. Hopefully, we know those who will take the first prize.”
He added that once the 2016 Appropriation Bill is passed, the ICPC would follow every event on how monies will be spent.
Nta added that the commission had begun prosecuting public servants that live beyond their means.
“From one of the employees of one of the organisations, we seized about 61 or 62 houses in an estate. The matter is in court so I can’t say too much but I want to say that the officer was not a man.
“We do prosecution but also try to seize the assets acquired (through corrupt means) so that apart from prosecution, we can strip you of the assets within and outside the country,” he said.