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Asset declaration: CCB set to investigate three former governors, nine former ministers

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), has commenced discrete investigation of certain public officials and appointees of previous administration who had served in various capacities, but  observed in the breach its statutory laws on assets declaration.

The list of alleged culprits the agency is set to beam its searchlight includes those who made false declarations and others who deliberately failed to declare their assets.

A source in the CCB who spoke with select journalists in Abuja revealed that the anti-graft bureau would invite three former governors, nine former ministers, former heads of parastatals at both federal and state levels.

He further revealed that letters of invitation had been sent to those to face interrogation to report to the CCB headquarters.

He said the move is to avail the accused persons the opportunity to clarify their assets acquired, including humongous bank accounts.

“Accordingly, the defaulters are expected to be thoroughly interrogated, if at the end of the findings,  they are culpable for breaches or non-compliance, they will be charged before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, which might lead to the confiscation and forfeiture of the ill-gotten wealth, assets, properties to the federal government of Nigeria and the convicts are liable not to hold public office for maximum of 10 years.

“This new drive by the CCB is part of the resolve of the leadership to enforce the law which has been trampled upon by a section of the political class, appointees and public servants.

“This new partnership and collaboration with sister anti-graft agencies has the endorsement of Mr. President, who has given his nod as a result of the Renewed Hope Agenda.

“It is on record that Mr. President himself was a one-time guest and invited by the CCB, which led to his appearance before the Code of Conduct Tribunal that finally discharged and acquitted him.

“It is, therefore, mandatory for every concerned citizen affected by the Code of Conduct related laws must submit themselves to the Bureau for scrutiny, interrogation and proper investigation in order to uphold total compliance.

“It is on record that former governor and Senate president Bukola Saraki was also docked at the Tribunal by the Bureau for non-compliance until he was discharged and acquitted accordingly

“Amongst the personalities expected to appear before the CCB are former executive secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrims, three former governors, legislators, ministers and a former boss of a maritime agency are to appear before the bureau for interrogation, investigation, compliance and due diligence.”

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