- The Federal High Court in Abuja is to hear a suit on the allegations that N106bn of public funds are missing from 149 ministries, departments, and agencies of the federal government
- The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project is demanding the prosecution of those behind the alleged missing funds
- The non-governmental organisation has justified the suit on the ground that it has legal backing under Nigeria laws
The non-government organisation (NGO) disclosed via its official Facebook page on Sunday, August 22, that it instituted the action against the president over his alleged failure to probe allegations that N106bn of public funds are missing from 149 ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs).
The group accused Buhari of failing to ensure the prosecution of those suspected to be responsible for the missing funds and the recovery of the money.
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‘’The suit followed the grim allegations by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation in his 2018 annual audited report that N105,662,350,077.46 of public funds are missing, misappropriated or unaccounted for across 149 MDAs.’’
The organisation disclosed that joined in the suit as respondents are the minister of justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, budget, and national planning.
SERAP claimed that the legal action is in accordance with the Nigerian constitution, anti-corruption legislation, and other international anti-corruption laws Nigeria is a party to.
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.
Sheikh Gumi criticises politicians who waste public funds
Meanwhile, an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has described politicians who waste public funds as bandits.
Daily Nigerian reported that Gumi made the statement during a preaching programme at Sultan Bello Mosque in Kaduna.
He criticised politicians who hired private jets to attend the wedding ceremony of Yusuf Buhari, the son of the president.
In another news, the chairman of the independent corrupt practices commission (ICPC), Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, has said insecurity in the country is caused by the high level of corruption and unstable economy.
Daily Nigerian reported that Bolaji Owasanoye, made this known in a statement by the ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua on Wednesday, August 11, in Abuja.
The ICPC chairman stated this when he received the Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Audi on a courtesy visit.