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A total of 266 officers newly recruited by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) today graduated from the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), after six weeks of intense and rigorous training.

The Chairman of ICPC, Dr. Musa Adamu Aliyu, SAN who inspected the officers on parade, said that the event marked a significant milestone not just for the graduates ready to embark upon new professional journeys but also for the ICPC which thrives on the fresh energy and perspective each of them brings.

Dr. Aliyu stated that the newly recruited officers had been immersed in a rigorous and dedicated training programme that was designed to, not only impact knowledge but also to instil a sense of integrity and justice.

He said, “As custodians of integrity and justice, you are entrusted with a duty that demands unwavering dedication, selflessness, and unyielding resolve. You are the guardians of the ICPC’s future and as you step into your roles, always remember the core values that bind us together as upholders of the law, impartiality, and discipline.”

On building a culture of law enforcement and discipline, he said “let your conduct serve as a shining example to those you serve, treat every individual with respect and fairness knowing that in your hands lies the power to inspire trust and confidence in our institutions.”

Continuing, the ICPC boss said ‘’In this regard, the Commission has introduced a strategic policy thrust known as CARE for Impart which centres on Culture, Accountability, Responsibility, and Efficiency. This vision reflects the new leadership’s commitment to reshaping the Commission’s operational landscape and aligning it with the broader goals of the Commission.

‘As you move forward, carry these values with you as both a shield and a beacon. A shield to guard the integrity and reputation of our Commission and a beacon to light your way as you navigate your careers.

Adding that ‘’as you go forth from here today, remember that the part you walk is not an easy one, but it is a righteous one. You will face trials, doubts, and temptations but in those moments, remember your oath and the trust the nation has placed in you’’.

Speaking earlier, the provost of the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), Prof. Olatunde Babawale, said the Academy received into residence, 266 Course 6 cadets of the ICPC for a six-week induction training designed to adequately prepare the most recently recruited officers of the Commission, so they could perform at required levels.

The provost, who was represented by an Acting Director in the Academy, Mr. Richard Bello stated that the course featured drills and regimentation, a crucial aspect of the training to ensure the Commission inducts disciplined staff while also keeping fit as required of law enforcement practitioners. Attendance of this exercise was mandatory and regular assessment of participants’ level of discipline, commitment, and leadership qualities was conducted.

ICPC strategic partners in attendance included: representatives of Commandant-General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), and the Commandant, 177 Brigade of the Nigeria Army, Keffi and the Emir of Keffi.