- The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project is to sue the presidency, the National Assembly and the Central Bank of Nigeria over security votes
- SERAP on Monday, November 25, secured the approval of the Federal High Court in Abuja to go ahead with its lawsuit
- The group is suing the respondents over alleged failure to account for security votes from 1999 to 2019
The Federal High Court in Abuja has approved the bid of the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) to sue President Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President Ahmad Lawan over alleged failure to account for security votes.
The approval, given by the court after SERAP's plea, was read by Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed on Monday, November 25.
Justice Mohammed delivering the court's ruling ordered that hearing notices be issued and served on all the respondents in not more than eight days.
Other respondents in the suit were Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the House of Representatives, and the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele.
The decision of the court consequently allows the group to challenge the federal and state governments' disbursement and expenditure of security votes between 1999 and 2019.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a Federal High Court in Lagos had granted leave to SERAP to compel the Code of Conduct Bureau to publish the asset declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The order also compels the CCB to publish the asset declaration of all presidents and governors who came into office since the return to democracy in 1999.
Justice Muslim Hassan in his ruling said: “Going through the application filed by SERAP, supported by a 14-paragraph affidavit with supporting exhibits, statements setting out the facts, verifying affidavits and written address in support, I am satisfied that leave ought to be granted in this case, and I hereby grant the motion for leave.”
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