False asset declarations attract prosecution – CCB warns elected politicians
The chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Prof. Mohammed Isah, has cautioned elected officials against filing false information in their asset declaration forms.
He warned that violators would be prosecuted and, if found guilty, jailed.
Isah made this known while presenting Form CCB1 to some recently elected officials at the Royal Suite Institute in Suleja.
The chairman, who spoke through the federal commissioner of North Central, Prof Juwayiwa Badamosuiyi, advised the incoming elected officials not to default in filling out the assets declaration Form CCB1, as they will be liable for sanction.
“It is mandatory for every elected member to fill Form CCB1 before they are sworn into their various offices, as the importance of Form CCB1 cannot be overemphasised,” Prof. Juwayiwa insisted.
She further emphasised: “We are always willing to count on your usual support to achieve the desired objective of the CCB as required by the law to declare assets from the beginning and at the end of every tenure.”
The federal commissioner then appreciated the efforts of the clerk of the state House of Assembly for ensuring that members complied with filling out Form CCB1.
Also, the Director in charge of the Niger State Office of CCB, Mrs Deborah Charles, in her charge to both incoming and outgoing members, declared that failure to declare assets is liable to removal from office or prosecution.
She urged elected officials to fill out their forms and submit them to the code of conduct office before the 15th of May.
Similarly, speaking on behalf of the newly elected officials, the outgoing Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Hon. Abdullahi Bawa Wuse, thanked CCB officials for inculcating in government officials acts that enable democracy to flourish in the country.
He assured: “The agency of the state government is determined to collaborate with CCB in entrenching the culture of transparency and accountability among public office holders towards advancing the nation’s democracy.”