- Public officers have been advised to declare their assets as required by the Nigeria's law
- The director of CCB in Gombe state, Panyi Baira, said asset declaration is a constitutional requirement
- According to Baira, failure to fill the assets declaration form is an offence which ca lead to confiscation and the assets accordingly become government property
The Gombe state chapter of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has advised public servants to declare their assets as part of constitutional requirements.
Legit.ng gathered that the bureau's director in the state, Panyi Baira, gave the advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Tuesday, February 19.
He said the asset declaration is a constitutional requirement that has to be fulfilled by all government workers from the lowest government employee to the highest office in the country as required by law.
“The law says career civil servants must declares once after each and every four years, but for political office holders, they must declare their assets when they assume office and when they leave, be it elective or appointed," he said.
He said some civil servants, public office holders and other elected officers in the state have responded positively to the provisions of asset declaration not necessary waiting until asked for the nominal role.
The director added that the bureau was constituted to ensure high level of accountability, transparency and high level of morality in government business.
The director said that failure to fill the assets declaration form is also an offence.
He explained that "failure to declare assets by public officer can lead to confiscation by Court of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) and the assets accordingly become government property."
He also advised against over-declaration or under-declaration, saying it was an offence too.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, got docked at the Code of Conduct Tribunal as trial continued in the case of his alleged refusal to declare all his assets before the bureau in charge as head of the judiciary.
A counsel to the embattled CJN, on Friday, February 15, decried the ongoing trial of his client at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), calling the situation bad for the judiciary.
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