It’s Illegal To Release Asset Declaration Of Public Officeholders - CCB Reveals
The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) says it is illegal to release asset declarations of public officeholders.
This is despite the provisions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act of 2011 that mandates public offices like the CBB to make records and other vital information of public interest freely available to the public.
The Act was enacted by the Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2011, to further deepen Nigeria’s democracy.
The act places access to important facts held by using public government as a essential detail of the right to freedom of expression as supplied beneath Section 39 of the Constitution.
In a chain of letters received through Peoples Gazette, the Code of Conduct Bureau, at the same time as acknowledging that the FOI act ensures the right of a person to information, argued that the request for asset statement of public workplace holders represent an invasion of privateness which is in opposition to the supply of the act.
The Bureau’s modern-day stand negates its 2019 flow that caused the removal of former Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen who become sacked over false asset statement.
The CCB in 2019 did not don't forget the privacy of the former CJN earlier than expeditiously presenting his asset assertion information to Anti Corruption and Research Base Data Initiatives, the body which filed the petition that brought about Mr Onnoghen’s elimination.
While the FOI had given room at no cost access to public statistics, government places of work like the CCB have habitually pissed off the efforts of properly-that means Nigerians to benefit get admission to to needed facts.
Dated March 30, 2021, the letters by way of Munirah Elabor, the chairman of CCB, refused to honour the request with the aid of anti-corruption campaigner Deji Adeyanju who requested for get right of entry to to the asset assertion documents of Delta Senator James Manager, NDDC intervening time administrator Effiong Okon Akwa and Hamza Ibrahim Jamo.