The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, to “follow a good example of Mr. Yombe Dabai Samaila, the Deputy Governor Kebbi State, by immediately publishing their asset declaration forms”, Page 36 learnt.
Mr. Samaila, while responding to SERAP’s suit, had last week, forwarded his asset declaration form to the organisation. The form dated 28th May, 2019, and sworn to before the High Court of Justice, Bikebbi, Kebbi State, showed that Mr. Samaila declared assets, including landed property and cash in banks, valued at N353,136,378.56, from which he stated that he receives N61,500,000.00 yearly, as income.
SERAP had in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/65/2020, filed in January 2020, asked the Federal High Court, Abuja, to order President Buhari, Vice President Osinbajo, the 36 State Governors and their Deputies, to “make public details of their assets, specifically property and income, contained in their asset declaration forms submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, since assuming Office”.
In a statement dated 4th October, 2020, and signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation said: “We welcome Mr. Samaila’s demonstrated commitment to transparency and accountability, especially at a time when many government Officials and Institutions continue to exhibit a blatant disregard for Freedom of Information requests, by refusing to even acknowledge several of such requests.
“President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo should show leadership, by immediately widely publishing their asset declaration forms, just as Mr. Samaila has rightly done. We also call on Mr. Abubakar Bagudu, Governor Kebbi State, and other Governors and their Deputies, to emulate and learn from Mr. Samaila’s good example, by immediately publishing their assets.
“President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo should stand up for transparency in asset declarations by Public Officers, as a sign of their oft-repeated principled stand on transparency and accountability in the management of the country’s resources. This government’s stated commitment to fight corruption, will ring hollow as long as Buhari and Osinbajo continue to ignore repeated requests to publish their asset declaration forms.”
Mr. Samaila’s letter dated 4th September, 2020, and signed on his behalf by Nura Abdullahi Koko, the Director of Administration, read in part: “In reference to your Freedom of Information request and suit, I am directed by Mr. Samaila Yombe Dabai, Deputy Governor Kebbi State, to forward herewith a copy of his assets declaration as requested by SERAP.
“While thanking you for your understanding, please accept the assurance of the Deputy Governor best regards always.”
Mr. Samaila’s assets declaration form, read in part: “Cash in Nigerian banks: N364,420, in a bank in Lagos, which is money from my Military pension. N1,471,958.56 in another Bank in Kaduna, which is money from my personal income. I have no cash in foreign banks.
“I bought a 3-bedroom flat [upstairs] in Kebbi State through my Military savings and business income in 1984, and the property is valued at N16m. I also have a 6-bedroom and 2 Guest House of 3-bedroom in Kebbi State, valued at N38m. I have a 4-bedroom duplex in Asokoro, Abuja, which I bought in 2017 through personal income. I have no vacant/undeveloped plots.
“I have a 2-bedroom flat in Kaduna State, and the property is valued at N30m. I bought it in 2001, through savings from business income. I earn N1m yearly from the property. I also have 48 hectares of farmland in Kaduna State, as a gift from the Emir of Dande, in 1983. The property is valued at N10m. I make N2.5m yearly from the property.
“I have a company named Yomed Nigeria Limited, Kaduna, which deals in air services, primary school and agriculture service equipment. The company was established in 2007, and is valued at N98m. I make N28m monthly as income from the company.
“I also bought CESSNA 206 Aircraft, Kaduna in 2014, and it is valued at N99.6m, and I make N30m yearly as income from this.
“I bought a Ford Bus Caravan in 2017, valued at N1.5m; Toyota Tundra in 2012, valued at N3m; Range Rover Jeep in 2013 valued at N7m; and another Ford Bus Caravan in 2016 valued at N5.2m.
“I have 2 set of furniture and electronics in Kaduna and Zuru, which I bought between 2013—2019, and the property is valued at N3m. My wife owns a property valued at N25m, but my children own no property. I have no government securities, no shares in and outside Nigeria.”
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