Tribunal convicts two staff of NOA, strikes out charges against 6 others

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Wednesday in Abuja sentenced and convicted two staff of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) for non-assets declaration.

The Chairman of the Tribunal, Danladi Umar, convicted Ruth Bukola and Ogunjobi Tunde, for failing to submit their written declaration of assets and liabilities.

Umar held that the actions of the convicts were contrary to Paragraph 11(1) of the Fifth Schedules, Part One of the Constitution, punishable under Paragraph 18(2) of the Fifth Schedule.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the duo earlier pleaded guilty to the charges during their arraignment.

Umar, therefore, ordered the convicts to within 30 days pay N10,000 each, as fines, adding that failure to remit the money on the prescribed period would lead to their automatic dismissal from service.

NAN also reports that the maximum awards the tribunal can issue ranges from forfeiture of assets, ban and fines as it has no powers to sentence convicts to jail.

Ms Fatima Danjuma, the Prosecuting Counsel, earlier informed the tribunal that the convicts failed to submit their written declaration of all their assets and liabilities within the prescribed period of three months.

The tribunal, however, struck out charges against other staff of the NOA standing trial at the instance of the prosecution.

They included Balogun William, Abdulrasaq Magaji, Muhammad Jamiu, Dare Olurotimi, Oladipo Taiye and Martha Olasunle.

The CCB recently brought charges against 33 federal civil servants who allegedly failed to submit their written declaration of assets.

Out of the figure, 12 had their charges quashed at the instance of the prosecution, while five had been convicted so far.