Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
The Code of Conduct Bureau on Wednesday said it had completed the verification of the assets declared by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and other top government officials in the current dispensation.
A statement issued on Wednesday by the bureau’s Head, Press and Protocol Unit, Mohammed Idris, said any report claiming that the assets of these leaders of the country were yet to be verified was false.
He therefore faulted a newspaper publication in which it was claimed that the verification of the assets of Buhari and other government officials by the CBB was still ongoing.
Idris, an assistant director in the bureau, said the newspaper publication was a trick targeted at undermining ongoing trials before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The statement, titled ‘Re: CCB still verifying Buhari, Osinbajo, Saraki’s, others’assets,’ added that under President Buhari’s administration, the CCB had been recording increased level of compliance to asset declaration by public officials.
The statement reads in part, “The bureau wishes to inform the general public that it has since concluded the verification of assets declared by those mentioned in the said publication.
“Therefore, the said publication is another trick to misinform the public so as to undermine the ongoing trials of cases of false declaration of assets before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
“It could be observed that since the inception of the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari, the rate of compliance by public officials in responding to assets declaration has greatly increased.
“The bureau will like to use this medium to appeal to those who are yet to declare their assets to visit the Asokoro, Head Office of No 23, Halle Salasi Street Asokoro, Abuja to collect, fill and submit same to the office.”