Powers and Duties Powers and Duties

The Commission shall have the powers and duties:


  1.  In cooperation with relevant bodies, to combat corruption and other impropriety by creating, awareness through educating the public about the effects of corruption and the promotion of ethics in public service and in the society;


  2. In cooperation with relevant bodies, to prevent corruption by studying or causing to be studied the practices and procedures in Public Offices and Public Enterprises to secure the revision of methods of work which may be conducive to corrupt practices as well as follow up their implementation; and inform or remind the relevant body, when deemed essential, to take the proper measures or give decision, and advise or assist on same, upon request, any other persons;


  3. To investigate or cause the investigation of any complaints of alleged or suspected serious breaches of the codes of ethics in public offices or public enterprises; and follow up the taking of proper measures;


  4. To investigate and prosecute or cause the investigation and the prosecution of any alleged or suspected corruption offences specified in the criminal code or in other laws where they are committed by public officials or public employees or other persons in Public Offices or Public Enterprises, or in the Regional offices relating to subsidies granted by the Federal Government to the Regions;


  5. Where there is reasonable suspicion in connection with corruption offences, to investigate and obtain information about, with the order of the commissioner, any bank account of suspected persons; and cause the attachment, with court order of same where necessary;


  6. 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;


  7. In cooperation with relevant bodies, to register or cause the registration of the assets and financial interests of public officials and other public employees compellable to do so as specified by law;

  8. In cooperation with relevant bodies, to facilitate the condition, for the protection of physical and job security of witnesses and whistleblowers, provide protection of the same in accordance with the law.


  9. To establish and implement, upon approval, procedures and standards for the selection of awards, upon competition, of persons or offices who are successful in fighting and preventing corruption;


  10. Apart from legislative and judicial bodies, to ensure the preparation or to prepare and monitor the implementation of codes of ethics ยท for Public Offices and Public Enterprises; to provide upon request, advice to legislative and judicial bodies in establishing their own codes of ethics;


  11. In cooperation with relevant bodies to coordinate other components of the ethical infrastructures;


  12. In cooperation with relevant bodies, to undertake research on ethics and corruption; give support to other similar activities and to publish reports and technical studies to further the purpose of the commission;


  13. In cooperation with relevant bodies, to follow up and ensure the enforcement of anti- corruption laws and give advice on the implementation of same;


  14. To provide the necessary support to the Public Offices and Public Enterprises in the establishment of ethics liaison units;


  15. To provide the necessary advice and support to the regions;


  16. To liaise and cooperate with national, regional and international bodies with similar objectives;


  17. To own property, enter into contract, to sue and be sued in its own name;


  18. To perform such other duties as may be defined by law and undertake other activities necessary for the attainment of its objectives: