House of Reps To Stop Spouses’ Assets Declaration

A bill to revise the Code of Conduct Bureau Act, removing the requirement for public servants to disclose their spouses’ assets. Sponsored by Hon. Tasir Olawale Raji from Lagos, has scaled swcond reading. The bill aims to delete section 23(7) of the Code of Conduct Act, which contradicts the Constitution’s provision granting the president the Power of Prerogative of Mercy.

During the debate, Raji argued that the current law mandates public servants to declare their spouses’ assets and attest to their accuracy before a High Court Judge, leaving them liable to prosecution if the information is found to be false.

Additionally, the House passed a bill for second reading to amend the Police Act 2020, reviewing the years of service for police officers to retain experienced personnel. Sponsored by Speaker Hon. Abbas Tajudeen and Hon. Abubakar Makki Yalleman (APC, Jigawa), the bill aims to improve the police workforce’s experience and expertise, retain experienced officers, reduce training and recruitment costs, and address the shortage of experienced police personnel.

The proposed amendment to section 18 of the Principal Act states that every police officer shall serve for 40 years or until they reach 65 years of age, whichever comes first.