Code of Conduct Tribunal: CCT Act amended, NASS now in control Bureau's affairs

The move by the initial Senate to amend the Act in April had suffered set back following public outcry.

The House of Representatives has on Tuesday, May 31, amended some sections of in the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.

The move by the initial Senate to amend the Act in April had suffered set back following public outcry against the exercise.

It was believed that the amendment was a ploy to favour the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who is currently standing trial on false declaration of assets before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

In section 4 (2) of the amended Act, the national assembly will now be responsible for appointing members of staff of the bureau and exercise control over them, and not the president.

In the amended version,  section 3 of the Act now has a paragraph which stipulates: “Upon complaints of any breach or where it appears to the bureau that there is a breach of the provision of this Act, the person concerned shall be given particulars of such non-compliance or breaches to explain before any reference to the tribunal.”

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Pulse recalls that Saraki had challenged his trial at the CCT on the grounds that the bureau did not give him a chance to explain himself before a case was filed against him at the tribunal.

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