Transparency International, a global anti-corruption organisation, has ranked the Nigeria Police Force and the legislature as the most corrupt institutions in Nigeria.
The ranking, the orgainsation said, was derived from the 10th edition of its Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) – Africa report.
The report, which sampled 1,600 people in Nigeria from April 26 to May 10, 2017 and was published on Thursday, noted that corruption was severly impeding the development of African countries.
According to the report, the police topped the list of most corrupt institutions in the country at 69 per cent, followed by ‘Members of Parliament’ at 60 per cent.
Local government officials were ranked third with 55 per cent, followed by government officials with 54 per cent, judges and magistrates with 51 per cent and business executives with 44 per cent.
The Presidency were seventh with 43 per cent, non-governmental organisations followed with 40 per cent, traditional leaders with 35 per cent and religious leaders with 20 per cent.
According to the report, 47 per cent of Nigerians admitted that they had paid a bribe to an officer of the police in the previous 12 months, while 44 per cent had contributed to overall bribery rate in that period.
On whether the government is genuinely fighting corruption, 59 per cent of the respondents said ‘good’, 40 per cent stated ‘bad’, while one per cent said ‘don’t know.’
The report also noted that 43 per cent thought corruption increased in the previous 12 months.
Transparency International said, “Corruption is a major barrier to economic growth, good governance and basic freedoms, such as freedom of speech or citizens’ right to hold governments to account. More than this, corruption affects the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.
“The 10th edition of the Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) – Africa reveals that, while most people in Africa feel corruption increased in their country, a majority also feel optimistic that they, as citizens, can make a difference in the fight against corruption.
“The report also found more than one in four people who accessed public services, such as health care and education, paid a bribe in the previous year. This is equivalent to approximately 130 million citizens in the 35 countries surveyed.”
But in its reaction, the Senate disagreed with the report, saying the responses of the respondents was more of perception.
Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, Chairman, Senate ad hoc commitee on media and public affairs, questioned the procedure of the survey, claiming that scientific techinques were not employed.
He said: “The TI report was merely the opinion expressed by some people out of all population of over 200 million citizens of this country.
“They did not use any scientific method neither did they carry out any forensic investigation.”
Senator Adeyeye said the ninth Senate was doing everything possible to change the negative perception of the people towards the parliament, adding that the National Assembly is not corrupt as perceived by some Nigerians.