The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) yesterday arraigned the Chairman of Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State, Mr. Emil Lemke Inyang, before a tribunal sitting in Abuja for alleged registration and enrolment into a secret society known as the National Association of Buccanneers.
The offence, which the CCB said is “incompatible with the functions and dignity of public office,” is contrary to Section 14 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act cap 15 LFN, 2004 and punishable under Section 23 of the same act.
Inyang, who pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge, allegedly committed the offence on December 28, 2007.
The one-count charge dated June 6, 2012 and marked CCT/ABJ/02/12 reads thus: “That you, Emil Lemke Inyang, “M’, on or about the 28th day of December, 2007 while being Council Chairman of Biase Local Government of Cross River State, registered and enrolled into a society known as National Association of Buccanneers” which membership is incompatible with the functions and dignity of your office, and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 14 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal act cap 15 LFN, 2004 and punishable under section 23 of the same act.”
The arraignment of the council chairman followed the refusal of the tribunal to quash the charge against him.