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The Major Powers and Duties


The Commission has, among others, the following powers and duties:
In cooperation with relevant bodies, to combat corruption and impropriety by raising public awareness about the disastrous effects of corruption and by promoting ethics in public services and among the society. It is also duty-bound to prevent corruption by studying the practices and working procedures in public offices and public enterprises thereby ensuring the revision of methods of work, which may be conducive to corrupt practices. Following the finalization of its studies, the Commission is legally authorized to put forward corrective measures and recommendations and follow up their implantation.
According to Article Seven of the Establishment Proclamation, the FEACC is responsible for investigating any complaints of alleged or suspected serious breaches of codes of ethics in public offices or public enterprises and following up the taking of proper measures. Similarly, the investigation and prosecution of any alleged or suspected corruption offences specified in the Criminal Code or in other laws, where they are committed in public offices or public enterprises, or in regional offices relating to subsidies granted by the Federal Government to the regions, fall within the power of the Commission.
It is also the duty of the Commission to investigate (where there is reasonable suspicion in connection with corruption offences) and obtain information about any bank account of suspected persons and cause the attachment, with court order, of same where necessary. In a similar vein, the FEACC is duty bound to freeze, by court order, the assets of any person who may be under investigation for corruption and cause, through court order, the forfeiture of any assets and wealth obtained by corruption or its equivalent to the state or dispose same by or without public auction.
In cooperation with relevant bodies, the Commission has the legal power and authority to register the assets and financial interests of public officials and public employees compellable to do so as specified by law. It is also responsible to protect witnesses and whistle blowers and reward persons or offices that are successful in fighting and preventing corruption. The tasks of preparing codes of ethics for public offices and public enterprises (apart from legislative and judicial bodies), undertaking research on ethics and corruption, following up the enforcement of anti-corruption laws, supporting regions and cooperating with similar bodies also come under the jurisdiction of the Commission. Additionally, the Commission is tasked with coordinating other components of the ethical infrastructures; providing the necessary support to the public offices and public enterprises in the establishment of ethics liaison units; and liaising and cooperating with national, regional, and international bodies with similar objectives.

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