By: Oleka Reporters
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)
has requested the asset declaration of some prominent Nigerians from the Code of Conduct Bureau ( CCB) and public office holders, including Mr President.
The group asked CCB to provide information on specific details of asset declarations submitted to it by successive presidents and state governors since 1999
The group’s deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare through a Freedom of Information request sent to Chairman of CCB, Muhammed Isah, urged him to use his good office and leadership position to urgently provide information on specific details of asset declarations submitted to the CCB by successive presidents and state governors since the return of democracy in 1999.
SERAP also sought the information on details of asset declarations by successive presidents and state governors between 1999 and 2019, including details of declarations made immediately after taking offices and at the end of their term of office.
In the FOI request signed by Deputy Director SERAP, Mr Oluwadare, the organization said: SERAP is concerned that many politicians hide behind the fact that members of the public do not have access to their asset declarations to make false declarations, and to cover up assets illegally acquired in corruption or abuse of office.
”The CCB can use the opportunity presented by the Onnoghen judgment to increase the accountability of politicians through the asset declaration provisions if it is not to be accused of witch-hunting the judiciary”.
The group, therefore, urged the CCB to disclose including by publishing on a dedicated website, details of asset declarations submitted by presidents and state governors since the return of democracy in 1999.