Onitsha– Nigerian security agents and their chiefs are likely to have corruptly or criminally collected and pocketed total cash sums validly estimated at not less than N44billion or over $120m in the past 90 days or from 30th March to 30th June 2020, human rights group, the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of law (Intersociety), has said.
This is the result of investigation carried out by the group and released to SundiataPost on Monday.
In the executive summary of the report titled ‘ Nigerian Security Agencies Pocketed N44B ($120M) Bribes In 90 Days Enforcing Intra/Inter-State Lockdowns’ , Intersociety said it’s “investigation covered lands and borders and did not include railways, coastal lines, water ways and airports.”
It added that the “criminal sums were collected by the named culprits while enforcing intra and inter-state COVID-19 ‘prevention lockdowns’. Those directly or vicariously responsible for collection and pocketing of the bribes included officers and personnel of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps and Nigeria Customs Service.”
It said “officers and personnel of the Nigerian Air Force and Nigerian Navy also got involved especially where they mounted roadblocks or were joined as members of ‘Joint Security Taskforce (JTF)’ and drafted to jointly man COVID-19 border post and boundary post security.
“The Joint Security Taskforces under reference are generally maintained across the country by various state governments. Involved in the roadblock, boundary post or border post COVID-19 bribery and extortion were the civilian COVID-19 taskforces drawn from State or Federal Governments’ ministries of health and transport. At the State level, various vigilante groups represented by the ‘Vigilante Group of Nigeria’ also participated and are still participating.”
The executive summary states: