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CCB probes ex-govs, ex-ministers, others over asset declaration breaches

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The Code of Conduct Bureau has launched an extensive investigation into former government officials and appointees who have violated the Code of Conduct laws of Nigeria.

The investigation targets those who have failed to comply with asset declaration requirements, those who made false declarations, and those who have not declared their assets at all.

A source within the CCB disclosed that the investigation involves three former governors, nine former ministers, 14 former legislators, and 17 former heads of federal and state parastatals, including local government chairmen.

“Letters of invitation have been sent to these individuals to report to the CCB headquarters immediately or face the consequences,” the source said. “This move is to give the accused persons the opportunity to clarify their asset acquisitions.”

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The CCB is investigating properties and substantial bank accounts, both local and offshore, that are allegedly connected to these individuals, their family members, and close associates.

“Accordingly, the defaulters are expected to be thoroughly interrogated. If found culpable for breaches or non-compliance, they will be charged before the Code of Conduct Tribunal,” the source stated. “This 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 a maximum of 10 years.”

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This initiative is part of the CCB’s commitment to enforce the law, which has been disregarded by some political figures, appointees, and public servants.

“This new partnership and collaboration with sister anti-graft agencies have the endorsement of Mr. President, who supports this action as part of the Renewed Hope Agenda,” the source added.

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The source also noted that President Bola Tinubu himself had once appeared before the Code of Conduct Tribunal and was acquitted. “It is mandatory for every citizen affected by the Code of Conduct laws to submit to the Bureau for scrutiny, interrogation, and proper investigation to ensure total compliance.”

Among those expected to appear before the CCB are the former executive secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, three former governors, legislators, ministers, and a former head of a maritime agency.

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