MEMBERS of the Kogi West People’s Assembly have urged the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to investigate an alleged breach of paragraph 3, Part I of the 5th Schedule to the 1999 Constitution as amended and Section 7 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act by Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West zone in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly. In a petition through their solicitors – Messrs A.Y. Mohammed &Co – to the CCB Chairman, Mr. Sam Saba, the group accused the senator of violating the laws of the land which bars public office holders from maintaining and operating foreign bank accounts, alleging that the senator has twoaccounts in the United States (U.S.).
Besides, the group claimed the two accounts -a current and a savings- were opened with the Bank of America in the State of Maryland under a false claim by Melaye, who allegedly posed as a student. They gave the Current
Account Number as 446016498396 and the Savings Account as 4460164775966. Both accounts were opened in the name of “Daniel Din Melaye”.
They said the petition was informed by their “firm belief in the sanctity of the Nigerian Constitution, the rule of law, the anti-corruption drive of the present administration and, finally, the burden of duty to hold public office holders to account, especially elected representatives of the people for their actions while in office.”
The petitions claimed that the last transactions on the said accounts took place every on December 4, last year, when the owner authorised payment relating to the purchase of goods from a Kremlin-based “Magnitkkosmetic store”.
They alleged that a similar payment approved on September 1, last year, by Melaye to a New York-based Schweppes Dermatology, was reported by an online news publication – Sahara Reporters on March 14, 2016. Insisting that the senator, falling within the public officer categorisation going by paragraph 16 of Parties II of the 5th Schedule to the 1999 Constitution as amended and the Second Schedule to the CCB & T Act, has run foul of the rules, they urged the Bureau to act on their petition. “Thus, in line with your Bureaus constitutional power and responsibility under paragraph 3 of the Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to receive complaints about non-compliance with or breach of the Code of Conduct, we hereby on behalf of our clients request your Bureau to investigate thoroughly the complaints herein and if it finds merit therein, to refer the same to the Code of Conduct Tribunal for the prosecution of the culprit”.
Copies of the petition, signed on behalf of the group by A.Y. Mohammed Esq. were sent to the chairmen of anti-British agencies, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupts Practice and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) as well as the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS).