The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) has uncovered a whooping sum of N9.4bn given out as bribes to judges by lawyers in three years.
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A survey conducted by the ICPC said such bribes exchanged hands between 2018 and 2020 among judicial officers and lawyers on cases involving election and politics.
In the 84-page survey titled ‘Nigeria Corruption Index: Report of a pilot survey 2020’, the private sector came second to the judiciary in terms of corruption.
According to the survey, bribery in private business contributed heavily in national level of corruption.
The question raised during the survey was for respondents to indicate between ‘Absolutely not corrupt and Absolutely Corrupt’, with 100 percent indicating “Absolutely Corrupt” in the case of the judiciary.
The survey in the judiciary showed that 70.81 per cent were lawyers. Judges were 124 judges or 13.76 per cent, and 25 respondents included clerks and registers.
Part of the survey reads, “The money involved in the high-level corruption in this sector was categorised into money demanded, offered or paid. Demands are made by court officials, including judges, while bribery offers and payment are made by lawyers and litigants.
“The total amount of money reported by the justice sector respondents as corruptly demanded, offered and paid between 2018 and 2020 was N9.457b.”