The Nigerian Government has revealed how the Acting Registrar-General of the Corporate Affairs Commission, Azuka Obiageli Azinge, concealed foreign currencies in various bank accounts.
This was disclosed in the document filed before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The Nigerian Government is prosecuting Azinge on an 11-count charge bothering on abuse of office and flaunting of the code of conduct for public officers.
In the document, it was alleged that Azinge was accused of concealing her naira, euro and dollar domiciliary accounts in Access Bank Plc and Standard Chartered Bank.
She was also accused of receiving allowances, which she knew she was not entitled to as an Acting Registrar-General of the CAC.
Azinge pleaded not guilty to the offences when she was arraigned on December 23, 2019.
Following the request by her lawyer, Enewa Garuba, CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar, in a ruling granted Azinge bail on self-recognition.
Prosecution lawyer, Ibrahim Musa, had argued that Azinge be granted a conditional bail despite her status as a senior civil servant, a position the tribunal overruled.
Further hearing in the matter was adjourned until January 29, 2020.
Part of the charge reads: “Whilst being a director and serving as Acting Registrar-General at Corporate Affairs Commission and thereby a public officer in the service of the Federal Government of Nigeria on or about April 9, 2019, did make a false declaration of your assets in Form CCB1 Number CACM000713 by omitting and refusing to declare naira account number 0008595906 maintained with Access Bank Plc, which has been created since August 10, 2011 and has since been in operation.
“Whilst being a director and serving as Acting Registrar-General at Corporate Affairs Commission and thereby a public officer in the service of the Federal Government of Nigeria on or about April 9, 2019 did make a false declaration of your assets in form CCB1 number CAC000713 by omitting and refusing to declare domiciliary (euro, dollar) account number 0729368706 maintained with Access Bank Plc, which has been created since August, 2011 and has since been in operation.”
SaharaReporters, New York