A Lagos-based lawyer, Mr Tope Alabi, has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to order that the Chief Executive Officer, National Insurance Commission, Mohammed Kari, be prosecuted for allegedly failing to declare his assets.
Alabi also wants Kari’s deputies, Sunday Thomas and George Onekhena, prosecuted for the same reason.
According to him, the fact that Kari, Thomas and Onekhena did not declare their assets as required by the law is in the public domain.
In an affidavit, which he personally deposed to, Alabi said he recalled that the Code of Conduct Bureau had invited Kari and his deputies to appear before it on April 11 to respond to allegations of non-declaration of assets as required of public office holders.
He contended that the alleged failure of the trio to declare their assets was a violation of Section 172 of the 1999 Constitution and provisions of its Fifth Schedule to the constitution.
He said Kari, Thomas and Onekhena were liable to be prosecuted before the Code of Conduct Tribunal by the CCB.
In the suit marked FHC/L/SC/1043/19, the lawyer joined the CCB, Kari, Thomas, Onekhena and the Attorney General of the Federation as respondents.
He is praying the court to make an order compelling the CCB to refer Kari and his deputies to the CCT for trial.
He wants the court to compel the AGF to charge them with the offence of non-declaration of asset before the CCT.
Alabi said he had earlier written to the CCB; President Muhammadu Buhari; Chairman, NAICOM’s Board of Directors; and the Minister of Finance over the matter.
He said he decided to file the suit because the CCB failed to respond to his June 6 letter, demanding that Kari, Thomas and Onekhena be charged and prosecuted before the CCT for their alleged failure to declare their assets as required by the law.
“It is in the interest of justice to grant this motion to compel the first defendant to refer the second to fourth defendants to the CCT and for the fifth defendant to prefer charges for their prosecution,” Alabi said in his suit.
The court has yet to fix any date for hearing.