U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre

This Anti-Corruption Helpdesk brief was produced in response to a query from a U4 Partner Agency. The U4 Helpdesk is operated by Transparency International in collaboration with the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre based at the Chr. Michelsen Institute.


Please provide an overview of corruption and anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria.


In Nigeria, widespread corruption occurs across politics and public administration where patronage networks play a dominant role. This manifests at federal, but also state and local levels of government, as well as in the judiciary, the electricity sector, and extractive industries. Several new anti-corruption laws and initiatives have been introduced in the past decade. However, resistance to reforms among some of the political class and institutional challenges have limited their impact.


  1. Overview of corruption in Nigeria
    1. Background
    2. Extent of corruption
    3. Drivers of corruption
  2. Main sectors affected by corruption
  3. Legal and institutional anti-corruption framework
    1. Legal framework
    2. Institutional framework
  4. Other stakeholders
  5. Reference


Jackson Oldfield

Reviewed by

Inge Amundsen (CMI)

Caitlin Maslen and Jamie Bergin (TI)

Samuel Asimi (Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre/TI Nigeria)




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