The Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, Mr Ekpo Nta, said, yesterday, that his agency has seized no fewer than 62 houses from a female public officer.
Nta, who disclosed this at an interactive session in Akwa Ibom State anti-corruption summit, with the theme, Transparency and Accountability: A panacea to good governance and sustainable development, said the commission had interim power to seize property of any public officer who could not explain the source of money to acquire such property.
The ICPC boss said the property would be forfeited to the Federal Government after all litigations had been concluded.
Nta, who warned public officeholders not live above their income, said: “There are many facets of corruption in Nigeria. The commission will stop at nothing to bring anyone found to have contravened the anti-corruption crusade to book.”
He added that the commission had successfully retrieved 40 vehicles that were stolen by retired directors of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and warned against trivialising the anti-graft war of the current administration.
Nta further said that the commission was prosecuting over 400 corruption cases in different courts in the country, adding that those found guilty at the end of the investigation would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
He said the commission had taken a step further by launching the campaigns in institutions of higher learning and the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC).
He explained that the anti-corruption module had since been introduced into the curriculum of the University of Calabar (UNICAL), adding such measures would go a long way toward entrenching moral values in students.
Nta said the commission had launched anti-corruption clubs in orientation camps, disclosing that such measures had assisted the commission to detect and arrested about 42 fake corps members at orientation camps in the recent times.
In his remarks, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, noted that corruption had eaten deep into the fabrics of the country, and urged all and sundry to be in the vanguard of curbing the menace of corruption, if the country must move forward.
“We must change our mindsets about the way we do things in Nigeria,” he said.