Commissioners of the Code of Conduct Bureau have accused the Chairman of the Federal agency of blocking investigation on N109 billion AGF loot.
The Commissioners raised the alarm that they have uncovered the unethical conduct by the CCB chairman, Prof. Mohammed Isah, who has allegedly blocked investigation of N109 billion fraud by former Accountant General of Federation, Idris Ahmed.
Even as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arraigned the former AGF for N109 fraud, the CCB chairman, the Commissioners revealed that they have discovered that the matter was brought to the attention of CCB and the investigation has been blocked by the Bureau chairman.
The accusation against the Chairman of the Bureau is contained in a petition by all the six federal commissioners at the anti–graft agency. The petition was submitted to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.
The Commissioners are led by Dr. Emmanuel Attah, who along with all Commissioners, jointly signed petition.
They alleged the embattled Chairman, in the last four years, have been blocking required investigations on petitions against public officers with multi million and billion Naira assets, not stated in their assets declaration forms.
On the strength of the allegations against him, the CCB Chairman was to appear before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions last Friday but was absent while five out of the six commissioners were present.
Absence of the CCB Chairman however made the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Ayo Akinyelure to with consent of other members, direct absentee Chairman to appear before the committee unfailingly on Thursday, October 6, 2022 by 2:00pm prompt.
“The petition before this committee on allegations against the Chairman of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) bordering on corrupt practices is worrisome and must be here to defend himself.
”The seriousness of the matter lies on the fact that the petitioners are even the six federal commissioners appointed to be working with him in the fight against corruption .
”The Commissioners are here but the Chairman who is in the eye of the storm is not here. We have gone through all the issues raised in the jointly signed petition by the Commissioners and they are very disturbing if eventually proven.
”Therefore for fair hearing , we are re – inviting the Chairman to appear before this committee on Thursday, 6th October, 2022 unfailingly by 2:00pm prompt for require response or responses from him on all allegations leveled against him in the petition“, he said.
Addressing journalists after the adjourned session, one of the Commissioners, Mr. Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma along with other aggrieved Commissioners, said they petitioned the Chairman to save CCB from self – inflicted incapacitation slammed on it by the Chairman.
According to him, all the Commissioners and the Chairman, were appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to help in the war against corruption within the public service itself at all levels.
“The Chairman based on his conducts, is not ready to fight the war in anyway but sabotage it by sitting on series of petitions written against corrupt public officers whose assets far outweighs what were declared in the Assets Declaration Forms.
“The N109 billion loot linked to the now being investigated Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, was first reported to CCB through petitions, but prevented from being acted upon by the Chairman.
“We are ever ready to support Mr President’s war against corruption but very disturbed by the frustration being thrown into it in CCB by no less a person, than the Chairman.
“We have written petition against him as declared by the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions here today and want him to meet us face to face before members of the committee for whatever defence he wants to make.
“Corruption must be killed in Nigeria before it kills us and anybody not ready to join in the fight or war against it, should be shown the way out of public service, particularly those saddled with responsibilities of curbing corrupt practices in the country like CCB”, he said.