SERAP asks Buhari to publish details of N800b loot

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari “to direct Abubakar Malami, SAN, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, to publish a comprehensive list of names of people from whom N800 billion Naira in looted funds have been recovered, the details of spending of the money and the dates of the recoveries.”

In a Freedom of Information Act (FoI) request dated June 13th, 2020 and sent to the President, the group implored the Nigerian leader to: “Direct appropriate anti-corruption agencies to promptly, investigate allegations that payments totaling N51 billion were made into individual accounts in 2019.”

In the letter signed by its deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP said publishing the details regarding the N800 billion Naira recovered loot would be consistent with fundamental principles of due process, and Nigeria’s international anti-corruption commitments, which should be upheld and respected.

The document further reads: “The public has a right to know how recovered N800 billion loot has been spent, and the details and purpose of the alleged payments into individual accounts.

“As a signatory to the UN Convention against Corruption, the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption, and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Nigeria has committed to ensure transparent management of public resources, and unhindered access to public information. These commitments ought to be fully upheld and respected.”

“Transparency over transactions by the government is critical to ensuring public confidence in the integrity of management of public resources. The authorities are required to set the highest standards of transparency, accountability and probity in the management of these resources and the programmes that they oversee.”

It continued: “We would be grateful if the requested information is provided to us within seven days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter. If we have not heard from you by then, the Registered Trustees of SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions under the Freedom of Information Act to compel you to comply with our request.”



Aneta Felix

Aneta Felix is a seasoned broadcast journalist and versatile content producer with an interest in reporting on human and gender rights, insecurity, corruption, and development among others. She has over five years of progressive experience, working across online, radio, and TV platforms, reporting the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa state, covering elections across the country and interviewing CEOs of multi-million dollar companies. Aneta is also the producer and presenter of the business documentary program, Startups, on TV360 Nigeria. She is a graduate of International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin and is based in Lagos Nigeria.


One thought on “SERAP asks Buhari to publish details of N800b loot

  1. AvatarDr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    N88b Naira recovered public funds looted should be utilized for a viable developmental -projects, and not allowed to be re-looted by any money-hungry public officials again.What of all the recovered tax-payers funds recovered by the EFCC from former oil minister,Diezani Alison Madueke? where are the huge recovered tax-payers funds and asset?

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