- SERAP has written CCB over asset declaration of public office holders
- The group asked CCB to provide information on specific details of asset declarations submitted to it by successive presidents and state governors since 1999
- The deputy director of the group also urged the CCB to disclose details of public office holders by publishing on a dedicated website
An anti-corruption group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has sent a Freedom of Information request to the chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Muhammed Isah, over asset declaration of public office holders.
Legit.ng gathered that the group through its deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, urged Isah to use his good offices and leadership position to urgently provide information on specific details of asset declarations submitted to the CCB by successive presidents and state governors since the return of democracy in 1999.
SERAP also sought the information on details of asset declarations by successive presidents and state governors between 1999 and 2019, including details of declarations made immediately after taking offices and at the end of their term of office.
In the FOI request signed by Oluwadare on Thursday, April 18, the organisation said: “SERAP is concerned that many politicians hide behind the fact that members of the public do not have access to their asset declarations to make false declarations, and to cover up assets illegally acquired in corruption or abuse of office.
"The CCB can use the opportunity presented by the Onnoghen judgment to increase the accountability of politicians through the asset declaration provisions if it is not to be accused of witch-hunting the judiciary.
“The grim condition of many of our citizens since 1999 has been worsened by the deterioration of public services whereby access to clean water and affordable health-care has become a pipe dream and the supply of electricity became epileptic and irregular due to years of grand corruption by many politicians at the highest level of government.”
The group, therefore, urged the CCB to disclose, including by publishing on a dedicated website, details of asset declarations submitted by presidents and state governors since the return of democracy in 1999.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Code of Conduct Tribunal found the embattled former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, guilty of the charges of false and non-declaration of assets preferred against him.
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