A civil society group, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, has kicked against the planned amendment of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act by the National Assembly.
The group is of the view that the proposed amendment is meant to create unnecessary obstacles in the path of the ongoing war against corruption.
The House of Representatives recently adopted a report to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau [CCB] Act which is meant to compel the Bureau to furnish accused persons with details of the charges against them for response before they are made to appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Chairman of CACOL, Debo Adeniran, stated that the Senate had tried to do the same thing but had to abandon the idea following public outcry against the move.
He explained that the group is convinced that the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki for corruption is directly linked to this development.
Adeniran said the public and civil society organizations should reject the amendments, because the move is a way of protecting the interest of political office holders who have embezzled public funds.
He called on the House of Representatives to abandon the adoption of the amendment and concentrate on issues that are more important to the country’s development.
He also urged the legislators to correct the impression on the mind of the people that the legislature is a deeply corrupt institution.