CCB has shunned the request by Saturday PUNCH for the assets declaration form submitted by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad.
The bureau had, as of Friday, yet to respond to the newspaper’s letter which was received by the office of the Chairman of CCB, Prof. Muhammed Isah, on April 25.
The request by the newspaper was anchored on the provision of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011, which makes it mandatory for the bureau to respond to a request made on the strenght of the Act within seven days.
A public institution such as the CCB, from which information is sought under the FoI Act, must either provide the requested information or give the reasons on why such request cannot be granted, within seven days.
But 30 days after the SATURDAY PUNCH’s letter was received by the CCB chairman, no response has been given to the request.
In its letter dated February 24, 2019 and received by the CCB chairman the next day, the newspaper, had said of the request for the Acting CJN’s assets declaration form, “We respectfully ask you to make this available as this would deepen transparency and accountability, which are what the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari preaches”