- The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) is set to verify asset claims by lawmakers
- The CCB move have caused panic among the parliamentarians
- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is getting set to prosecute those found wanting
A report by Leadership indicates that there is anxiety among members of the National Assembly regarding their asset declarations.
[caption id="attachment_1062582" align="alignnone" width="600"] The leadership of the National Assembly has bee under the spotlight for a while[/caption]
A source quoted in the report said verification of assets of most of the ministers, heads of ministries, departments and agencies of government (MDAs), service chiefs and the inspector-general of police has been concluded.
It is now the turn of the members of the National Assembly and judiciary for their assets to be verified.
The report claims there are a number of lawmakers who had made claims contrary to the CCB Act, a situation that might make them be guests of the EFCC anytime soon.
A top member of the House of Representatives is said to have been discovered to own a multi-million naira mansion in Abuja outside what he declared to the CCB. The discovery was made during the 2016 budget padding controversy.
Already, EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu is said to possess the declaration of forms of the lawmakers, which the report says is causing disquiet among the federal lawmakers.
The lawmakers are said to be worried that the confirmation of Magu as the EFCC boss, will come back to haunt them, hence the reason why Magu's nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari has not been confirmed since June.
The letter nominating the EFCC chairman and commissioners was received at the Senate on Wednesday, June 22, according to the official stamp on it but was not read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki until on Thursday, July 14.
Buhari appointed Magu acting chair of the EFCC after the removal of Ibrahim Lamorde on November 9, 2015, and, eventually if he is confirmed by the Senate, he will be the fourth head of the anti-graft agency after Nuhu Ribadu, Farida Waziri and Ibrahim Lamorde.
Before his appointment as the acting EFCC chair, Magu was the head of Economic Governance Unit of the anti-graft body.
EFCC spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, declined comment on the issue, citing the sensitive nature of the matter.
Meanwhile, Senate President Bukola Saraki has expressed the frustration of lawmakers over annual budgets which are not fully implemented by the executive arm of government.
Saraki made his stance and that of his colleagues known while giving his speech at the 2016 Awards/Dinner for Senators and Journalists covering the Senate on Wednesday, November 23.