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Code of Conduct Bureau Initiates Asset Verification for Public Officials

Code of Conduct Bureau Initiates Asset Verification for Public Officials

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has started verifying the assets of political officeholders and high-ranking government officials as part of an intensified anti-corruption effort in the country.

Mr. Murtala Aliyu-Kankia, the acting Chairman of the Bureau, announced this while overseeing the ongoing verification process in Katsina on Monday. He explained that the exercise aims to encompass senior public officers and civil servants, including permanent secretaries, director-generals, directors, and other key officials in government establishments.

“I briefed the governor on why we are in Katsina. He is also keen in fighting corruption,” he said.

According to him, the exercise is aimed at finding out the genuineness of assets declared by political office holders and other senior civil servants on assumption of office.

This, he said, would add value to the fight against corruption by President Bola Tinubu’s administration, adding that after the exercise its personnel would go to the field to authenticate the assets declared by the officers.

“You know, some people have a tendency of under-declaration, anticipatory declaration and even non declaration of their assets.

“To detect these three aspects, we go to the field to find out where someone under-declared, or in anticipation of getting something declared he has a property.

“All these are offences. The person found wanting would be referred to the CCB tribunal for prosecution accordingly.

“The punishment is either for him to forfeit the property, banned from holding public office for 10 years or be asked to vacate the office he is occupying.

“We are on course, we are doing it for the good of the country and the people,” he said. (NAN)

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