The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has stated that it has the legal authority to investigate assets disclosed by any serving President or governor in Nigeria, and that it will do so if necessary.
The Bureau stated that the assets reported by President Muhammadu Buhari and governors could be investigated since they are not excluded from the Bureau's purpose of ensuring that public workers do not live beyond their means.
Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayema, a Federal Commissioner of the Bureau in Charge of Monitoring, told journalists this during his team's monitoring visit to the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja.
The Code of Conduct Tribunal is a law court where public workers who have been found to be living beyond their means or who have been charged with failing to declare assets as required by law are tried.
Agbonayema, a former member of the House of Representatives, urged public officials against failing to declare their assets in compliance with applicable rules in order to avoid being prosecuted.
He applauded President Buhari for providing the Bureau free rein to operate, saying that the Presidency's lack of interference has kept the body on its toes, allowing it to carry out its job within the law's parameters.
The Bureau reaffirmed its commitment to eradicating endemic corruption among public officials, particularly those who live beyond their means thanks to ill-gotten gains.
The CCB Commissioner, on the other hand, noted that the Code of Conduct Bureau and the Code of Conduct Tribunal are currently hampered by a lack of financial resources to carry out their constitutional responsibilities, but expressed determination to fulfill their mandates of ridding Nigeria of corrupt officers.
He also stated that the CCB's mandate includes ensuring that the President, Governors, and all other political office holders register their assets without exception, and asked all Nigerians to join hands in the fight against corruption.
"Failure to report assets is illegal, and there is nothing like I don't know," he stated. Those who haven't declared their assets are breaking the law. The Conduct Bureau's 14th Code of Conduct