Assets: CCB reads riot act to top political office holders

Code of Conduct Tribunal

Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has directed ministers, service chiefs and top government officials at all tiers of government to declare their assets in line with the amended 1999 constitution.

The bureau chairman, Sam Saba who issued the directive, said those who fail to comply will face prosecution by the bureau’s tribunal.

He stated that letter of invitation have been sent to those yet to declare their assets as demanded by the constitution.

Saba commended civil servants who complied within the time frame stipulated in the constitution, and said that the bureau will now deploy its field officers to begin the verification of the assets already declared.

On September 22, 2015, the Federal Government, based on a recommendation by the CCB, docked Senate President, Bukola Saraki before the CCT in Abuja, on a 13-count criminal charge that bordered on corruption, false declaration of assets, and illegal operation of a foreign bank account while in office as a public servant during his tenure as the governor of Kwara state. Saraki pleaded not guilty to the charge marked ABT/01/15, which the Federal Ministry of Justice preferred against him.

In the charge sheet, which was signed by a deputy director in the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. M. S. Hassan, the Senate President was alleged to have manipulated the assets declaration forms he submitted before the CCB in 2003, 2007 and 2011, by making anticipatory declaration of assets.

Recently, the CCT convicted former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe for false declaration of assets. He has since gone to the Court of Appeal challenging the ruling.

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