Public watchdog body, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) made this call in a statement signed Sunday, by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, urging INEC boss, also to include in the publication the safety of the agency’s “servers, databases and other electronic formats.”
Also taken to the court on the alleged breach is the Attorney – General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
The call for probe of the expenditure was contained in letter dated 5 March, 2022, signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare
The organisation also asked the president to order a probe into the alleged corruption and mismanagement of public money budgeted for the rehabilitation, operation, and maintenance of the refineries since 1999.
The groups also challenged Mohammed to publish the list of the NGOs he alleged are on the pay roll of foreign agents, to cause disaffection in Nigeria.
The suit followed Buhari’s 2022 New Year Message in which he raised concerns about “the persistent insecurity in certain parts of the country.”
The public watchdog body in a statement signed Sunday by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, threatened that failure of the 36 Governors to yield to its call within 14 days – after receipt of its letter will result to a legal action against them.
The agency in a statement signed Sunday its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, said the Minister’s response to its freedom of information request is completely unsatisfactory, as it argued he merely stated that the ‘details are in the public space,’ without sending a copy of the agreement signed with Twitter as requested.”
SERAP raised the concern in a letter dated February 5, 2022 and signed by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare.
The suit followed the grim allegations by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation in the 2018 and 2019 annual audited reports that N3.1bn of public funds are either missing, misappropriated or unaccounted for.
In the suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/05/22 filed last week before the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja, SERAP is seeking: “An order directing and compelling the Federal Government to issue an immediate moratorium on borrowing by itself, and the 36 states, in conformity with the country’s international human rights obligations.”
SERAP in a statement issued Sunday by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare
The demand was contained in a letter dated January 1, 2022 signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare.
The organization said the allegations are documented in the 2018 and 2019 annual audited reports by the Auditor-General of the Federation.
The request followed the recent approval by the National Assembly of President Buhari’s request for a $5.8bn loan and grant of $10bn. According to SERAP, previous approvals in 2021 alone include $8.3bn; €490m, and $6.1bn. The foreign debt stock of the Federal Government, 36 states, and Federal Capital Territory reportedly stands at $37.9bn.
Justice Obiora Egwuatu, in a judgment, dismissed the suit for lacking in merit and awarded the sum of N100, 000 against the plaintiff.
The warning by SERAP was contained in a statement it issued on Wednesday at a public book presentation in Lagos.
The suit, with number: FHC/ABJ/CS/1323/2021, was filed at the Federal High Court in the Federal Capital Territory.
The suit, filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja, with number: FHC/ABJ/CS/1360/2021, was made known on Sunday.
The suit, with number: FHC/ABJ/CS/1361/2021, was filed on Friday by SERAP at the Federal High Court in Abuja.