The Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, has invited former governors, ministers and top serving public officers currently serving both at the federal, state and local government levels in the present administration to submit themselves for field verification of the assets they had declared.
The CCB, in a statement by its Chairman, Sam Saba, released by the Press and Protocol Unit of the bureau on Thursday, stated that the exercise will involve the concerned public officers appearing physically before the bureau for both conference and field verification of their declared assets.
The statement 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.”
It further stated that 76 public officers have so far been invited by the bureau for verification, adding that those who are yet to be invited should await their letters of invitation.
Among the 76 invitees are 30 ministers whom, according to the bureau, have yet to submit themselves to the exercise.
Some of the 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 are; 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) etc.
The CCB warned that that failure to honour the invitation is a breach of the provisions of the constitution and could lead to prosecution at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.