Nigeria: PHCN, Police Most Corrupt

Daily Corruption ReportEx-prime minister to be indicted on bribery charges – Of all government establishments and parastatals operating in Lagos state, the Power Holding Company of Nigeria has been rated as the most corrupt. This was closely followed by the Nigeria Police and petrol station attendants. The crime survey, conducted in September 2009 and

 released recently was the result of a study spanning the last five years and aimed at collecting  information on criminal victimization, trend of crime and corruption, service delivery and public feeling of safety and fear of crime among the residents of Lagos state.

Daily Corruption in the News – 21 December 2009


IndonesiaIn Indonesia, middlemen mold outcome of justice
The New York Times (TI mention)

IraqIraqi deputy minister gets 8 years for corruption
Reuters India (TI mention)

IsraelIsraeli ex-PM Olmert pleads not guilty in graft trial
Agence France-Presse

Korea: Ex-prime minister to be indicted on bribery charges
The Korea Herald

KyrgyzstanKyrgyz cartoon targets corruption
Al Jazeera

Macau: China’s Hu says Macau should diversify its economy

PakistanPakistan courts set for showdown with govt
Agence France-Presse (TI mention)

UK: Boom time for forensic accountants as frauds rise
The Times

— News from the TI movement 

The research conducted by the CLEEN Foundation, a non-governmental organization, which promotes respect for human rights and co-operation between civil society and law enforcement agencies in the country and the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, featured 2,000 respondents from the state.

Teachers and lecturers, officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), local officials and the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) followed in close succession on the corruption table, which was presented by Prof. Etannibi Alemika of the Department of Sociology, University of Jos.

The survey also showed that officials of the postal agency, prison, court, traditional authorities were the least corrupt. Surprisingly, the same report which rated the police as second most corrupt, showed that officials of the Rapid Response Squad were among the least corrupt law enforcement agencies in the state.

The study, conducted in 20 local government areas of the state rated issues of sexual crimes like rape as widespread in the state. About a third (30.3 per cent) of the respondents linked indecent dressing as a major reason women are raped.

About one-twelfth (12.4 per cent) of reespondents attributed rape to lack of self-control by men. Mental illness of men, influence of hard drugs, and influence of media presentations were also given as reasons for the perpetration of the crime.

The report however showed lesser crime and a feeling of general safety among residents of the state.

The foundation’s Executive Director, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, who spoke about the effectiveness of the research, said that theft of mobile telephone handsets was the most common form of victimisation recorded in the state as shown by the report during the past five years.

According to Mr. Chukwuma, about one in every seven (16.7) of the 2,000 respondents reported the theft of handset of a household member during the period.

Chukwuma also identified other major forms of victimisation during the period as robbery (8.4 per cent); theft of money (5.8 per cent); burglary (5.2 per cent); attempted robbery (3.3 per cent) and physical assault (2.8 per cent).

Speaking further, he said, “Incidences of murder were highest in Mushin and Kosofe; burglary in Lagos Mainland, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos Island, Ifako-Ijaiye and Ikeja.

“Majority of the murders occurred near the homes of the victims; nearly one-half (49.7 per cent) of the robberies occurred in the homes of the victims. One half (50 per cent) of cases of rape and theft of money also occurred in the victim’s home,” he claimed.