- Nigeria's chief of defence staff, Olonisakin, has charged military officers to comply with the code of conduct and declare their assets
- Olonisakin said those who hold positions of responsibility to be accountable to the public
- The CDS said accountability is a core part of the fight against corruption which is one of President Buhari's three-point agenda
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin, has spoken on the need for senior military officers or those who hold positions of responsibility to be accountable to the public.
Olonisakin made the call on Wednesday, September 16, at the opening ceremony of a two-day workshop titled: Compliance With Asset Declaration and Code of Conduct, held for senior officers of the Defence Headquarters in Abuja, The Nation reported.
The CDS said: "As I have always stressed, every officer who holds a position of responsibility must also be accountable. You are also aware that accountability is one of the cornerstones in the fight against corruption, which is one of Mr President’s Three-Point Agenda."
Olonisakin reiterated that the military officers must strictly comply with the provisions of the Code of Conduct.
“It is my belief, therefore, that at the end of this two-day workshop, you would have acquired sufficient knowledge and reasons why you must be compliant in your asset declarations and other requirements of the Code of Conduct Bureau," the CDS stated.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Friday, May 8, ordered the final forfeiture of the sum of N426.7m belonging to a retired Army general, Brig.-Gen. John Onimisi Ozigi to the federal government.
The presiding judge, Justice Muslim Hassan, had earlier ordered the interim forfeiture of the money following an ex parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
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In another related report, a military court recently ordered the dismissal of a Nigerian Army general, Major Gen Hakeem Oladapo Otiki, from service with disgrace and dishonour.
The court-martial delivered the judgment on Monday, June 15, after it found General Otiki guilty of five counts of theft of public property, disobedience to service orders, among others.
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