An anti-corruption group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called for asset declaration of public office holders.
SERAP gave the call in a Freedom of Information request to the chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau, Muhammed Isah.
The call Followed the Code of Conducts Tribunal’s judgment on former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen’s false and non-declaration of assets.
The group’s deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, asked the CCB to reveal details of public office holders by publishing it on a dedicated website.
SERAP asked Isah to CCB to provide information on specific details of asset declarations submitted to it by successive presidents and state governors from 1999 to 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 Oluwadare on Thursday, April 18, 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 grim condition of many of our citizens since 1999 has been worsened by the deterioration of public services whereby access to clean water and affordable health-care has become a pipe dream and the supply of electricity became epileptic and irregular due to years of grand corruption by many politicians at the highest level of government.”