Army chief orders all officers to declare assets

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The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has directed all officers of the Nigerian Army who have not declared their assets to do so immediately, the Nigerian Army said in a statement Thursday.
The spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman, quoted Mr. Buratai, a lieutenant general, as giving the directive Wednesday during a conference with principal staff officers and Directors serving at the Army Headquarters.

“It is to be noted that the Chief of Army Staff has done so (declaring his assets) soon on his appointment as Commander, Multinational Joint Task Force in May 2015 and also on his appointment as Chief of Army Staff in July 2015,” Mr. Usman said in the statement.
“Copies of both are with the Code of Conduct Bureau.”
The statement said the directive became necessary “considering the fact that all military officers are having presidential commission and are public servants, as well as subject to both civil and military laws.”
“In addition, given the current drive of the country for probity and accountability, the Nigerian Army should not only key in but should be one of the key drivers for such laudable project,” the statement added.
Earlier on January 15, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hammed Ali, had directed all officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service to declare their assets within 14 days.

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