Legal professional Common of the Federation (AGF), Malami. Picture: TWITTER/MALAMISAN
Based on a report by TheGuardian, the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) is working with the workplace of the Legal professional Common of the Federation (AGF) to dam financial institution accounts of 200 allegedly corrupt public officers.
The transfer was initiated following the completion of an investigation of over 200 instances by the CCB involving about N40 billion.
Chairman of CCB, Professor Mohammed Isah, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at a city corridor assembly on anti-corruption organised by the Federal Ministry of Data and Tradition, stated that the bureau had investigated over 200 instances, filed 75 on the tribunal whereas about 100 had been pending.
‘’The quantity concerned in over 200 instances investigated is N40 billion. If the instances are efficiently prosecuted and a few persons are convicted on the finish of the day, the Federal Authorities will profit. We’re working with the workplace of the Legal professional Common of the federation to dam these accounts with no debit additional,’’ he stated.
Based on Isah, the bureau is working to enhance relationship with the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for quick prosecution of corruption instances.
‘’Now we have improved our collaboration with different anti-corruption businesses just like the EFCC and ICPC. We realised the necessity to workforce as much as combat a standard enemy which is corruption; so we opened our doorways to sister businesses and collaborators.
“That is vital as a result of CCB serves as a knowledge financial institution, contemplating the truth that any investigation to be made, particularly when it has to do with a public officer, requires data of belongings he had declared, if in any respect he had declared his asset, and if he has not finished so, that’s one other level for the bureau to take over from there in the midst of investigation.
“That is the one space the place the precept of double jeopardy doesn’t apply. When an individual violates the code of conduct and has been prosecuted and convicted, nonetheless one other prosecuting company can examine him with the identical details and take him to court docket and the precept of double jeopardy won’t apply. It should assist us in some ways if we shut the hole to combat corruption,’’ Isah defined.
“One of many challenges is that the CCB just isn’t automated but, however the bureau has secured commitments of the presidency, public establishments and donor businesses to make sure full automation of its operations.
‘’When that is finished, public officers can simply be monitored. We may have the data on all public officers at our finger tip, we will observe the actions of particular person public officers within the nation in order that the prevention that CCT is ready to realize within the combat towards corruption might be realised. Corruption has finished a lot injury to the nation. We want a Nigeria the place individuals will apply for jobs and get it on benefit.’’
Earlier, Minister of Data and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated although it was not the primary time Nigeria was combating corruption, it was the primary time that the combat can be backed by robust political will, with a president is thought for his honour, dignity, and incorruptibility personally main the battle.
‘’One might say that the battle towards corruption continues to be a battle in progress. however additionally it is truthful to say that corruption has now been pushed below the desk and that the corrupt ones can not flaunt the proceeds of their corruption the way in which they used to do prior to now.”
In his remarks, Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, famous that the latest clampdown on web fraudsters popularly know as Yahoo boys had been yielding fruits, with lots of them fleeing to neighbouring nations.
In the meantime, the Legal professional-Common of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has whittled down the powers of the EFCC and different anti-graft businesses in areas of belongings seizure.
The directive is contained within the Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette Vol. 106, No 163, titled, ‘Asset Tracing, Recovery and Management Regulation 2019’, dated October 29, 2019.
Based on a Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) report, the AGF additionally scrapped all asset restoration and tracing committees and directed in Half 3, Part 5(1) of the gazette that each one non-conviction-based forfeiture shall be carried out by his workplace. He emphasised that the place a non-conviction-based forfeiture process arises, the legislation enforcement company and anti-corruption businesses ought to switch the matter to the workplace of the AGF.
“All non-conviction based forfeiture shall be conducted by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation. Where a non-conviction based forfeiture procedure arises, the LEA (Law Enforcement Agency) and ACAs (Anti-Corruption Agencies) shall transfer the matter to the Office of the AGF,” it acknowledged.
The gazette additional states that each one seized belongings shall be registered by all of the ministries, departments and businesses (MDAs). Additionally, all closing forfeited belongings recovered by businesses shall be handed over to the AGF inside 60 days from the graduation of the laws of administration.
Malami warned that any company head who did not observe the brand new pointers can be handled.