Conduct Bureau Prosecutes 441 Public Officials


The Code of Conduct Bureau, which monitors and enforces the code of conduct of  public officers  in Abuja stated that it had undertaken the prosecution of 441 cases  involving public officers who were alleged to have breached the Code of Conduct Act  between May and November, this year.

Of the number of cases handled by the Bureau at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, the  Chairman stated that 134 cases were struck out while 239 persons were discharged,  leaving 68 persons convicted within the period under review.

The Chairman of the Bureau, Mr. Sam Saba, made this disclosure in a press briefing  where he also stated that the organisation has verified a total of 93 Asset  Declaration Forms submitted by top government officials to forestall the spate of  anticipatory declarations.

Mr. Saba further informed that 29 serving ministers were invited to the Bureau in  connection with their Asset Declaration Forms, while 19 of them have also been  verified.

He noted that within the period under review, 3477 forms have been scanned by the  Bureau’s Information System Center, while 549,308 forms have been captured at the  centre.

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The Chairman decried the paucity of funds and manpower at the Bureau and stated that  the board has sought for the approval of the Head of Service to employ at least 300  more staff in the interim to boast the Bureau’s staff strength.

He also called for more funding from Government to ensure that the battle against

—Nnamdi Felix / Abuja

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