- The federal government has stepped up its fight against corruption in the country
- Focus is now being shifted to corrupt public officers currently serving in various public offices
- There are plans to block bank accounts of those found to have committed financial crimes
The federal government has commenced the process of blocking bank accounts of 200 allegedly corrupt public officers.
The move was initiated following the completion of an investigation of over 200 cases by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) involving about N40 billion.
Chairman of CCB, Professor Mohammed Isah, disclosed this on Thursday, November 7 in Abuja at a town hall meeting on anti-corruption.
He said the bureau had investigated over 200 cases, filed 75 at the tribunal while about 100 were pending.
“If the cases are successfully prosecuted and some people are convicted at the end of the day, the federal government will benefit.
“We are working with the office of the attorney-general of the federation to block those accounts with no debit further,’’ he said.
The CCB boss further revealed that the bureau is working to improve relationship with the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) for speedy prosecution of corruption cases.
‘’We realised the need to team up to fight a common enemy which is corruption; so we opened our doors to sister agencies and collaborators.
“Corruption has done so much damage to the country. We need a Nigeria where people will apply for jobs and get it on merit,’’ Isah stated.
Meanwhle, the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, has denied media reports suggesting the EFCC and ICPC have been stripped of their powers to seize assets of people being investigated.
Malami made the clarifications in a statement by his special assistant on media and public relations, Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, on Thursday, November 7.
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