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CCB commences verification of assets for civil servants, senior public officers

CCB commences verification of assets for civil servants, sen

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has initiated the verification of assets for political office holders and high-ranking government officials as part of an intensified anti-corruption campaign in the nation

Murtala Aliyu-Kankia, the acting chairman of the Bureau, revealed this during his oversight of the ongoing verification process in Katsina on Monday. 

The comprehensive exercise will encompass senior public officers and civil servants, spanning permanent secretaries, director-generals, directors, and other key officials across government establishments

“I briefed the governor on why we are in Katsina. He is also keen on 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, be 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.

According to Aliyu-Kankia, the bureau is working with sister agencies like EFCC and ICPC to continue fighting against corruption in the country.

He urged stakeholders to support the exercise to enhance the fight against corruption for sustainable social and economic development of the country.

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