Lawyers, responsible for offering bribes for favorable judgment-ICPC

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says N9.45bn was corruptly demanded, offered and paid as bribe in Nigeria’s justice sector between 2018 and 2020.

This was contained in a report entitled, ‘Nigeria Corruption Index: Report of a pilot survey’, carried out by the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria, the research and training arm of the ICPC.

According to the report, “bribe for judgment is one of the most egregious forms of grand corruption as it operates to undermine the very essence of judicial dispute resolution”.

In the report, lawyers were said to be most responsible for offering bribes for favorable judgment — with 27.17 percent. Litigants followed closely with 21.96 percent, court staff 21.54 percent; judges 16.88 percent, and government MDAs 7.37 percent.

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