By Alex Agbo
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has waded into the allegation that the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Mr. Sam Saba, misappropriated over N2.5billion of the Bureau in the last few years.
WESTERN POST learnt that the anti-graft agency quizzed Saba, some directors and staff of the agency last week over the alleged fraud.
The agency has also summoned some of national commissioners of the bureau to appear before it on Monday and Tuesday.
A national newspaper had earlier reported that the Code of Conduct Bureau chairman had been enmeshed in a crisis of confidence for some time now, as some members of staff of the organisation alleged that under his watch, the bureau had become a shadow of its former self.
In petition filed by Fatoki Taiye Timmy on behalf of the aggrieved staff, tagged: ‘Corruption War Buhari Must Fight: Case Study of Nigeria’s Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB)’ dated Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, the staff members accused the Saba-led board of dereliction of duty, saying that the bureau no longer carries out its primary mandate of assets declaration and verification responsibilities.
In the petition which reads in part, they said: “At a time the whole world is celebrating Nigeria and her people, some gluttons in the name of board members are milking the nation. Interestingly, this is the same agency established over 20 years ago to be watchdog over public officers.”
Among other the sins committed by the Saba-led Board, according to the staff, include incapacitation of the accounting officer of the Bureau with Saba serving as both Chairman and Accounting Officer all at the same time.
The Chairman and other Board members is alleged to have assigned departments to themselves in contravention of Section 155 (1) C of the Constitution.
The Board also allegedly monetised all its benefits, with each Board members paying themselves N14 million just as the Chairman is suspected to have bought himself a Land Cruiser jeep and Prado jeep for other members of his Board.
The staff also demanded to know how N2 billion meant for the CCB’s Headquarters building in Abuja was spent as they alleged there is no evidence of any work on site thus far.
But sources close to some of the commissioners claim they do not know anything about the allegation.
They reportedly insist the Federal capital Development Authority which is the supervising ministry in respect of the CCB headquarters building and the contractor handling the project can account for the work.
On the six Toyota Corolla cars meant for the daily operation of the bureau, which they alleged the chairman converted to personal use, the sources said only Saba could answer for the whereabouts of the cars.