ABUJA, Lagos – The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has categorically denied allegations that the Department of State Services (DSS) raided its offices in an attempt to seize incriminating documents linked to President BolaTinubu and his associates.
In a statement issued on Sunday, July 9, 2023, the CCB dismissed a report from the SaharaReporters, an online publication, which claimed that the DSS had stormed offices of anti-corruption agencies, including the CCB, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, July 7, 2023.
“The CCB wishes to state unequivocally that at no time did the DSS or any apparatus of the Federal Government of Nigeria carry out any raid or search for incriminating documents on the president and his associates on the office of the Code of Conduct Bureau Head office in Abuja or any of the offices in the states and FCT,” said Daniel Okafor, Director of Education and Advocacy Services at the CCB, in an email delivered to The Trent.
Okafor emphasized that the CCB had received no directive from the federal government to cover up any matter involving the president and his associates since the current administration took office on May 29, 2023.
“The general public is therefore urged to disregard the publication as fake news because it has no iota of truth and evidence,” Okafor added.
He further criticized the way the story was reported by the Sahara Reporters, stating, “While CCB would have preferred to ignore the write up given the unprofessional way and manner the story was put together, but doing so will give the tale some nuisance value and in a way help the writers achieve their aim of misinforming and misleading the general public about an event that happened only in the minds of the writers.”
The CCB reaffirmed its commitment to fulfilling its anti-corruption mandate as set out under paragraph 3 of Part 1 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.
It pledged to continue its work in an unbiased and professional manner, regardless of the individuals involved.