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The crisis rocking the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) may have taken a different dimension as the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has threatened to shut down the Bureau if President Muhammadu Buhari does not step into the matter urgently.

It made the threat after expiration of a two-week ultimatum issued by the union, following inactivity in the Bureau for over a year, which has been blamed on Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF)’s office.

It accused the SGF’s office of allegedly frustrating President Buhari’s anti-corruption war by undermining constitutional provisions on the Bureau.

Secretary of ASCSN and Joint Negation Council, CCB Unit, Ochigbo Edwin, said the Bureau has been comatose for almost two years, as a result of the crisis.

Since the inter-ministerial committee set up by the SGF has failed to deliver on its mandate within the stipulated time, the union vowed to do anything within its powers to defend the constitution.

It also alleged that the President’s office has been compromised by some parties to the crisis with the backing of the SGF.

The association, therefore, urged the President to wade into the matter and save the Bureau from total collapse.

Meanwhile, the Judiciary State Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has described President Buhari’s recent signing of Judicial Financial Autonomy Bill as a welcome development.

It, however, called for early implementation of the bill, stating that it would help it operate effectively and ensure diligent delivery of its duties.

The leadership of the union stated this during the weekend, at its 12th South-South Zonal meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The President had signed the Fourth Alteration Bill that grants financial autonomy to states judiciaries and Houses of Assembly into law in June this year.

Its Vice President, South-South Zone, George Sokari, said early implementation of the bill would help to put things in their right perspectives in the country.

It also condoled the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and the State Judicial Service Commission over the death of the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, the late Chinwo Aguma (SAN).



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