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Strengthening of Anti Corruption Commissions and Laws in Nigeria

Waziri, Fatima (2011) Strengthening of Anti Corruption Commissions and Laws in Nigeria. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This S.J.D. dissertation explores the role of law in challenging and curbing public corruption in Nigeria through the use of anti corruption agencies and laws. A comparative approach is used that draws upon development from other jurisdictions to illuminate issues in the Nigerian context. More broadly, this S.J.D. dissertation examined and analyzed the major anti corruption agencies and laws in Nigeria (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission, Code of Conduct Bureau) and their approach towards corruption and democratic process. I also examined the role Freedom of Information Law plays in curbing corruption and promoting transparency, twelve years after the Freedom of Information Bill was first presented to the Nigerian National Assembly, it was finally passed into law May, 2011.

The main text of this dissertation is comprised of an introductory chapter that defines corruption and related concepts. The next chapter sets the tone of Nigeria as a nation leading into the Nigerian legal system and their jurisdiction in hearing corruption cases. Chapter five introduces the anti corruption agencies in Nigeria, past and present. Chapter six deals with United States of America’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), its effects on Nigeria and the controversy caused by the exception of FCPA Act called facilitation payment. The last chapter analyzes the present anti corruption agencies and their laws, proffering recommendations and also the Freedom of Information law in Nigeria while drawing developments from India’s Right to Information Act and South Africa’s Promotion of Access to Information Act.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBurkoff, Johnburkoff@pitt.eduBURKOFF
Committee MemberBlake, Cecilcblake@pitt.eduCBLAKE
Committee MemberBaylis, Elenaebaylis@pitt.eduEBAYLIS
Committee MemberPati,
Date: 7 December 2011
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 21 November 2011
Approval Date: 7 December 2011
Submission Date: 22 November 2011
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 247
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Law > Law
Degree: SJD - Doctor of Juridical Science
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anti corruption, Commissions, Laws, Nigeria, EFCC, ICPC, CCB, FCPA, Freedom of Information Law
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2011 19:27
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:55


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