CCB to probe Amaechi, Ngige, Fashola, AGF, others’ assets

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CCB to probe Amaechi, Ngige, Fashola, AGF,
others’ assets

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

The Code of Conduct Bureau has begun massive
verification of assets declared by top serving and
former public officers at the federal, state and local
government levels.

A statement by the Chairman of the CCB, Mr. Sam
Saba, released by the Press and Protocol Unit of
the bureau on Thursday, stated that the exercise
involved physical appearance of the concerned
public officers before the bureau for conference
and field verifications of their declared assets.
Conference verification requires public officers to
present documents relating to their declared assets
to designated officials of the bureau.

On the other hand, field verification involves public
officers taking CCB officials to locations of their
declared landed, fixed and other assets that could
not be conveniently moved to the bureau’s office.
He stated that by virtue of Paragraph 11 of Part 1
of the Fifth Schedule to the 1999 Constitution (as
amended), “every public officer is required to
submit to the Code of Conduct Bureau a written
declaration of all properties, assets and liabilities
and those of his/her spouse (if not a public officer)
and his unmarried children under the age of 18
years.”
He added that any statement in the declaration,
found to be false by any authorities or persons
authorised to verify it, “shall be deemed to be a
breach of the code”.
He stated, “To this end, the Bureau has
commenced its 2016 4th Quarter Cycle of
Conference and Field Verification of Assets of top
public officers. Accordingly, letters of invitation
have been dispatched to ministers of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria, service chiefs and other top
public officers.
“All invited public officers are to note that failure to
honour the invitation by the CCB in this regard is a
breach of the provisions of the constitution and
could lead to prosecution at the Code of Conduct
Tribunal.
“Public officers not yet invited are to await their
letters of invitation.”
He listed 76 public officers that had been invited
by the bureau with a threat of the possibility of
prosecution if they fail to honour the invitation.
Among the 76 invitees are 30 ministers whom,
according to the bureau, have yet to submit
themselves to the exercise.
According to the bureau, ministers who have yet to
submit themselves for the verification are Rotimi
Amaechi (Transportation); Babatunde Fashola
(Power, Works and Housing); Ibe Kachikwu
(Petroleum Resources (State); Abubakar Malami
(Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of
Justice); Adebayo Shittu (Communications); Dr.
Kayode Fayemi (Solid Minerals and Steel
Development); Audu Ogbeh (Agriculture and Rural
Development).
Others include Senator Aisha Alhassan (Women
Affairs and Social Development); Solomon Dalung
(Youths & Sports Development); Osagie Ehanire
(Health (State)); Usani Usani (Niger Delta Affairs);
Prof. Anthony Anwukah (Education (State)); Lai
Mohammed (Information and Culture), and Gen. Ali
Mansur (retd.) (Defence).
The list also includes Senator Udo Udoma (Budget
and National Planning); Ibrahim Jibril (Environment
(State)); Suleiman Adamu (Water Resources and
Rural Development); Mustapha Shehuri (Power
(State)); Prof. Claudius Daramola (Niger Delta
Affairs (State)) and Kemi Adeosun (Finance) as
those who have not submitted themselves to
verification.
The rest are Prof. Isaac Adewole (Health);
Okechukwu Enelamah (Trade, Investment and
Industry); Geoffrey Onyema (Foreign Affairs );
Muhammadu Bello (Federal Capital Territory);
Senator Hadi Sirika (Aviation (State)); Hajiya
Khadija Bukar (Foreign Affairs(State)); Senator
Chris Ngige (Labour and Employment); Heineken
Lokpobiri (Agriculture and Rural Development
(State)); Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Science and
Technology); and Abubakar Bwari (Solid Minerals
(State) ).
The rest of the public officers still expected to
submit themselves to the bureau are the Governor,
Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; Head of
Service of the Federation, Mrs. Oyo-Ita Ekanem;
Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olanishakin;
Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Abubakar
Sadique; and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral
Ibas Ibok.
Also on the list are the immediate past Inspector-
General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase; Chairman,
Police Service Commission, Chief Mike Okiro;
Controller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service,
Babatunde Mohammed; Executive Secretary of
Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative,
Waziri Adio; Director-General of National Pension
Commission, Mrs. Chinelo Amazu; and Executive
Director/Chief Executive Officer, Export Promotion
Council, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo.
Also yet to turn up for the CCB verification are the
Director-General, National Youth Service Corps,
Brig.-Gen. Sule Kazaure; Executive Secretary,
Nigeria Sao-Tome & Principle Joint Development
Authority, Kashim Tumash; Group Managing
Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,
Maikanti Baru; Controller-General of Federal Fire
Service, Anebi Garba; Director-General, Budget and
National Planning, Mr. Ben Akabueze, and
Managing Director, Nigeria Deposit Insurance
Commission, Ibrahim Umaru.
Others include the Executive Secretary of National
Universities Commission, Prof. Abubakar Adamu;
Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Mrs.
Hadiza Usman; Managing Director, Asset
Management Corporation of Nigeria, Ahmed Kuru,
and Controller-General of MSCDS, Muhammad
Abdullahi.
The Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, who are
on the list, are Ntom Chukwu, Folusho Adebanjo,
Emmanuel Inyang, Maigari Dikko, Joshak Habila,
Shuaibu Gambo, and Hyacinth Dagala.
An Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Abdul
Bube, is also on the list.
Military officers, whose names appear on the list,
are Real Admiral Joseph Osa (Commandant,
Operation Delta Safe) and Major General M. A.
Koleoso (GOC Tradoc).
The CCB also listed a number of Federal
Commissioners of the Civil Service Commission
and three Group Executive Directors of the NNPC,
who are yet to submit themselves to the CCB’s
verification.
In the statement, the CCB stated that the Chief of
Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and five other
ministers, among 15 other former and serving
public officers, had submitted themselves to the
asset verification.
Buratai recently became the target of scathing
public scrutiny when reports of his choice $1.5m
properties, which he claimed were acquired in the
name of his wife in Dubai, hit the public space.
Saba, confirmed to our correspondent on the
telephone that all the 15 persons, whose assets
had been verified, had been issued a certificate of
Conference Verification/Field Verification.
“The Chief of Army Staff was the first to be issued
his certificate. We started issuing to others last
week,” he said.
Responding to further inquiry about whether the
certificate issued by the CCB implied that the
cleared public officers were free from liability of
criminal prosecution, Saba stated, “Even though
the tribunal (Code of Conduct Tribunal) is the
institution with the power of adjudication in asset
declaration breaches, the certificate means that
from our own end, we are satisfied with the
verification that we have done.”
The five cleared ministers are Abdulrahman
Dambazau (Interior); Zainab Shamsuna (Budget &
National Planning); Adamu Adamu (Education);
Aisha Abubakar (Minister of Trade, Investment &
Industry (State)); and Amina Mohammed (Minister
of Environment).
The rest of the former and serving public officers
already cleared by the CCB are the immediate past
Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Pius
Anyim; Chairman, Independent National Electoral
Commission, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood; a former
Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie,
and a former Controller-General, Nigerian Prisons
Service, Ezenwa Peter.
They also include the Acting MD/CEO, Niger Delta
Development Commission, Semenitari
Tamunoibim; Controller-General, Nigeria Customs
Service, Col. Ibrahim Ali (retd.); Inspector-General
of Police, Ibrahim Idris; Corps Marshal, Federal
Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi; and Federal
Commissioner, Civil Service Commission, Hope
Ikrirko.
The CCB boss commended those that had turned
up for the exercise.

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