The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has adjudged officers of the Nigerian Customs Service and court judges in Nigeria as the most corrupt set of people.
The NBS, in its latest report after a survey, said that the 2017 National Corruption Survey showed that an average bribe paid to Custom officers as N88, 587, Judges/magistrates as N18, 576 while Prosecutors received an average of N10, 072 as bribes from Nigerians.
The survey showed that 46.4 per cent of Nigerian citizens have had “bribery contact” with police officers, 33 per cent with prosecutors and 31.5 per cent with Judges/magistrates.
The survey, tagged: ‘Corruption in Nigeria – Bribery as Experienced by the Population’ revealed that custom officers, judges, magistrates and prosecutors were the public officials who received the largest average cash bribes.
The survey also listed police officers and tax/revenue officers as public officers to whom the highest number of bribes were paid.
It said that 29.7 per cent of all bribes are paid to police officers upon a direct request before the service is provided.
In the private sector, employees of insurance companies, teachers in private schools and doctors in private hospitals have highest bribe prevalence in Nigeria, the survey revealed.
The survey showed that 6.0 per cent of Nigerians have come in contact with bribe-seeking employees of insurance companies, 5.9 per cent with teachers in private schools and 3.7 per cent with doctors.
The survey said men pay higher bribes to public officials (37.1 per cent) than women (26.6 per cent).
The NBS also found that young Nigerians have the highest prevalence of bribery in the country as 36.4 per cent Nigerian population aged 25 to 34 years are the people with highest bribery prevalence.
The highest and lowest prevalence of bribery by geographical location and sex showed that 39.5 per cent of the people are urban males while 24.9 per cent are rural women. [myad]