The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has rejected a request of a Non-Governmental Organization asking it to make public details of assets declared by Nigeria’s Presidents and Governors since 1999.
Socio Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) in the request forwarded to the Bureau Chairman, says it is basing its demand on the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.
It also wants the Bureau to disclose the number of such declared assets that has been verified, and the number of those found to be false.
But the Bureau Chairman, Doctor Mohammed Isah, says the 1999 Constitution empowers the Bureau to retain custody of assets declaration forms, and make them available for inspection by any citizens on terms and conditions to be prescribed by the National Assembly.
He explains that the Bureau cannot reveal details of assets declaration forms in its custody because the National Assembly is yet to prescribe conditions and terms for making them public.
The NGO says it is not satisfied with the explanation of the Bureau and will challenge it in court.
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