CCT faults CCB’s procedure for receiving asset declaration forms

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The Code of Conduct Tribunal has revealed the
loophole in the procedure put in place by its sister
agency, the Code of Conduct Bureau, for receiving
completed asset declaration forms from public
officers.
The CCB, by law, issues asset declaration forms to
public officers, receives and verifies the completed
forms and also prosecutes before the CCT those
who fail to submit the completed forms or whose
forms contain infractions.

But the CCT said in a judgment delivered on April
28, 2016, that the CCB’s procedure for receiving the
forms from public officers needed to be
strengthened.

Based on the perceived loophole in the CCB’s
procedure for receiving the completed forms, the
CCT in the said judgment discharged and acquitted
the defendant in the case, Mr. M.A Miashanu.
Maishanu was an officer in the Office of the
Secretary of the Government of Kano State, who was charged with failure to submit his pre-tenure writtendeclaration of his assets in 2007.

The offence was said to be contrary to paragraph
11(1) of Part I of the Fifth Schedule of the
Constitution and punishable under paragraph 18(2)
of the said Part I of Fifth Schedule.

However in its judgment on the charges preferred
against Maishanu, the CCT said “it appears there is
no clearly discernible fool proof methodology” to
determine whether or not the accused actually failed to return the form issued to him by the CCB after completing it.

The CCT panel comprising its chairman, Danladi
Umar, and the other member, Atedze Awadza, held
in the judgment that evidence given by the two
prosecution witnesses (PWI and II) and the
defendant himself (DWI) cast doubt on the
prosecution’s charge against Maishanu.

Umar, who read the CCT’s judgment said, “The
tribunal examined the exhibits tendered and
weighted them against the testimony of the
witnesses and has come to the firm conclusion that
the process put in place by CCB for receiving
completed asset declaration forms from public
officers, up to the time acknowledgment slips are
issued, need to be strengthened.

“DWI (the defendant himself) testified that …Read More

Source:: Nigerian Pilot