Browsing: Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project

According to reports, the Acting Director General of the NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, in a letter to the Managing Director of Channels Television referred to Channels 7pm live broadcast programme of April 25, 2021, in which it accused the TV station of interviewing a leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra allegedly without “caution or reprimand.”

The suit followed SERAP’s Freedom of Information requests dated March 27, 2020 to the Minister of Health and the NCDC expressing “concern that lack of transparency in the use of the funds and resources to combat COVID-19 would lead to diversion or mismanagement of funds and resources, unnecessarily cost lives, and result in serious damage to public health in the country.”

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has asked the Federal Government and Central Bank of Nigeria to “provide spending details of public funds and private sector donations to provide socio-economic benefits to the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people, including details of beneficiaries of any cash payments, cash transfers, food distribution and other benefits during the lockdown in Abuja; Lagos and Ogun states because of COVID-19.”

SERAP wrote the letter to Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday following the ruling on Monday by Justice Raliat Adebiyi of the Lagos High Court that demanding compulsory blood donation from those seeking medical attention, including maternity services, is arbitrary, unfair and a violation of their human rights, including the rights to life and to equal opportunity for everyone within the health system

SERAP is also seeking: “A declaration that the failure of President Buhari, Vice-President Osinbajo, 36 state governors and their deputies to provide SERAP with the requested information on their assets constitutes a breach of SERAP’s right under the FoI Act, 2011, and such further order(s) the Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstances”

In the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1447/2019 filed last week at the Federal High Court, Abuja, SERAP is seeking “an order for leave to apply for judicial review and an order of mandamus to direct and/or compel the Minister of Finance to disclose the details of local companies and Chinese contractors that have received funds from the $460 million loan for the finance of the failed Abuja CCTV project as well as details of the status of implementation of the project.”

In the petition dated November 22, 2019 and signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said: “The harassment of detained activists for demanding strict compliance with court orders, and then their sureties as well as lawyers who come to their defence, shows a steady slide away from the rule of law and underscores the urgent need for the Commission to insist on the restoration of respect for human rights in Nigeria.”

Justice Obiozor, a Professor of Law, sitting at the Federal High Court, Lagos, had in July delivered a judgment in a Freedom of Information suit number FHC/L/CS/105/19, brought by SERAP, ordering the Federal Government to disclose and publish the names of companies and the whereabouts of the contractors paid by successive governments to carry out electricity projects but disappeared with the money without executing any projects