Thursday, 26 April 2018

Assets declaration : CCT convicts 16 defaulters in Bauchi

Bauchi – The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT)
in Bauchi has convicted 16 civil servants and
political office holders found guilty of non-
declaration of assests.
Mallam Ibrahim Alhassan, the Head of Press
and Public Relations of the CCT disclosed this
in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) on Thursday in Bauchi
He said the convicted persons failed to submit
a written declaration of all their assets and
liabilities within the prescribed period of three
months that violated various provisions of the
Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.
Alhassan said that the action was contrary to
paragraph 11(1) of the Fifth Schedules, Part
One of the Constitution, punishable under
Paragraph 18(2) of the Fifth Schedule.
He said out there was a total of 55 defaulters
out of which 16 persons were convicted.
“The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Danladi
Umar gave a fine of N5, 000 to N30,000 fine to
the convicted defaulters and ordered that the
fine be paid within 30 days.
“Failure to remit the fines within the stipulated
30 days will cause the convicts to vacate their
positions as state government staff or political
office holder.
”At the instance of the prosecution the tribunal
withdrew charges against 12 persons that
appeared before the tribunal while 10 defaulters
were absent in the tribunal.
“Therefore, 27 cases were adjourned to Abuja
on a different dates.
“Some of the defaulters were cautioned and
given second chance due to the factors
surrounding their inability to declare their
assets,” he said
NAN reports that of the 55 defaulters, 18 are
political appointees,10 police officers, four
NDLEA personnel, one Customs officer and 22
career civil servants working with the Local,
State and Federal Governments.(NAN)

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