COVID-19: Abuja court okays suit compelling CBN governor to account for donations

COVID-19: Abuja court okays suit compelling CBN governor to account for donations

- An Abuja court has granted permission for an order demanding details of COVID-19 relief donation

- The suit which was filed by a group called Heda Resource Centre listed the CBN governor as sole respondent

- The suit seeks to compel Godwin Emefiele to release a detailed list of donors' names, sources of the donations to the apex bank in the fight against COVID-19

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A suit seeking to compel the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele to provide details of financial donations received by Nigeria in relation to the coronavirus pandemic has been granted by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The Nation reports that the suit which seeks to compel Emefiele to give an account of the COVID-19 donations was filed by a group called Heda Resource Centre.

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In a ruling on Monday, November 30, Justice Inyang Ekwo, granted leave to Heda to seek an order declaring that the failure of the CBN to provide the information on the donations, among others, amounts to a violation of the applicant’s rights.

COVID-19: Abuja court okays suit compelling CBN governor to account for donations
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Justice Ekwo in the ruling went on to note that Emefiele who is listed as the sole respondent will release a detailed list of donors' names, sources of the donations, and the amount received by the apex bank.

The suit empowers the group to apply for an order of judicial review and mandamus to compel the CBN governor to disclose and make a comprehensive breakdown of the donations received.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government has taken concrete steps to ensure that relief funds donated to the fight against coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria are not misused by setting up a team monitor the money.

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This was revealed by an anti-graft body, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), in a statement sent to Legit.ng.

According to the ICPC, the monitoring team, an independent one, was set up by the anti-graft agency.

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