Nigeria Police is number one bribe-takers – Report

Police officers sort rumpled naira notes made from extorting motorists and other citizens

Officers of the Nigeria Police have again been named the number one bribe-taking public officials in Nigeria.

A report presented by the CLEEN Foundation in Abuja on Tuesday also said corruption was on the increase in the country.

The report, presented by Innocent Chukwuma, head of the foundation indicates that apart from the Police, other public officials that take bribe were those serving in immigration, customs, prison and road safety.

“The findings of the survey show that there is an upsurge in bribery and corruption among government officials in Nigeria,” Chukwuma said.

“Nearly one out of every respondents attested paying bribe or being asked to pay bribe by government officials before services could be rendered to them.

“In terms of trend, demand has increased from 20 per cent in 2011 to 24 per cent in 2012.

“Among public officials who demand for bribes, the police (70 per cent), immigration (66 per cent), custom (65 per cent), prison officials (52 per cent) and road safety officials (51 per cent) were the highest.”

Culled from Trends