SERAP Drags Buhari To Court Over Missing ₦881bn

SERAP Drags Buhari To Court Over Missing ₦881bn

The SERAP complaint against Buhari comes after the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation claimed in Part 2 of its 2018 Annual Audited Report that 367 MDAs spent $880,894,733,084.811 without allocation.

The group wants the court to “guarantee the prosecution of individuals suspected of being guilty, as well as the recovery of any missing or misdirected public funds,” according to the group.

In the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1281/2021 filed last week at the Federal High Court in Abuja, SERAP is seeking: “an order of mandamus to direct and compel President Buhari to promptly investigate the alleged missing N881bn of public funds, and to ensure the prosecution of those suspected to be responsible, and the full recovery of any missing, mismanaged or diverted public funds.”

In the suit, SERAP argued that: “Complying with constitutional requirements and international standards on spending of public funds would ensure effective and efficient management of public resources, and put the country’s wealth and resources to work for the common good of all Nigerians.”

According to SERAP: “It is in the interest of justice to grant this application, as it would improve respect for the rights of Nigerians, and improve their access to essential public goods and services, which ought to be provided by the indicted MDAs.”

The group also argued that: “President Buhari has a constitutional duty to ensure the investigation and prosecution of allegations of corruption, as well as recovery of any missing public funds. Section 15[5] of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended), requires the Buhari administration to abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of power.

“Granting the reliefs sought would help to address the adverse consequences of unconstitutional and poor management of public resources on the human rights of poor Nigerians.

“The alleged missing public funds have hampered the ability of the indicted MDAs to meet the needs of average citizens, as the missing funds could have helped the government to invest in key public goods and services, and to improve access of Nigerians to these goods and services.”

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN; and the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed are joined in the suit as Respondents.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.

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