Handover Lawal, Oke to EFCC, ICPC, SERAP tells Buhari

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has welcomed the decision by President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the suspended Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Mr Ayodele Oke. The organization also called on Buhari to “urgently handover Lawal and Oke to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for further investigation, and if there is relevant and sufficient admissible evidence, for them to face prosecution.” In a statement today by SERAP deputy director…

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SERAP wins round in court to compel Saraki, Dogara to account for N500bn ‘running cost’

There is prospect Nigerians keen on knowing how exactly the National Assembly is run may soon have some answers, as Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has won the latest round in the legal battle to compel the Senate President Dr Bukola Sakari and Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr Dogara Yakubu to account for the spending of N500 billion as running cost for the legislative body between 2006 and 2016, and disclose monthly allowances of each member. Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos on Friday ruled that, “I have…

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SERAP to Saraki, Dogara: ‘Withdraw directives to banks to unfreeze Mrs Jonathan’s accounts’

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr Yakubu Dogara to “Urgently withdraw the patently unconstitutional directives to some banks to unfreeze former First Lady Mrs Patience Jonathan’s accounts.”   The organization said that, “the directives to banks to unfreeze Mrs Jonathan’s accounts amount to mingling of the executive and judicial powers in the National Assembly. Checks and balances should ideally help contribute to the rule of law and strengthening our democratic dispensation but…

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‘We will soon tell Nigerians names of all suspected looters’—FG

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abukabar Malami SAN has disclosed that “President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all relevant agencies to compile documents on names of all looters with a view to promptly enforcing the judgment of a Federal High Court in Lagos ordering the government to release to Nigerians information about the names of high ranking public officials from whom public funds were recovered.”   The court also ordered the government to tell Nigerians the circumstances under which funds were recovered, as well as the…

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NNPC $25bn scandal: Suspend Baru Now, SERAP tells Buhari

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari requesting him to use his “good offices and leadership position to urgently refer the allegations of corruption and abuse of office against Mr Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for investigation, and if there is relevant and sufficient admissible evidence, for him to face prosecution.”   The organization also urged Buhari to “suspend…

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Lawmakers’ Salaries: Meeting with Saraki raises more questions than it answers – SERAP

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has confirmed that its representatives yesterday met with the Senate President Bukola Saraki to discuss issues relating to details of annual salaries and allowances of lawmakers. In a statement today by Timothy Adewale SERAP deputy director the organization said that, “While we appreciate the expressed commitment by Saraki to transparency and accountability of the National Assembly, and the rare opportunity to dialogue with him, we remain deeply concerned that the leadership of the Senate has unfortunately not satisfactorily addressed the damaging allegations byProfessor Itse…

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End monitoring of Nigerians on social media by military, SERAP to Buhari

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari requesting him to “use your good offices and leadership position to instruct the military authorities to immediately end any monitoring of activities of Nigerians on the social media, and to ensure that military operations comply with Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as amended) and the country’s obligations under international human rights law.” In the letter dated 25 August 2017 and signed by SERAP deputy director Timothy Adewale the organization expressed “serious concern that any monitoring of Nigerians on…

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Attack on EFCC: Improve safety and security of EFCC officials, SERAP to Osinbajo

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo to “direct the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Kpotun Idris to lead the investigation of Wednesday’s attack by gunmen on the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja and threat to the lives of its officials, and bring anyone suspected to be responsible to justice without delay.” The EFCC this week reported attack on its premises and a death threat to its official Ishaku Sharu, who heads the Foreign Exchange Malpractices Fraud Section and oversees corruption investigation…

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How OBJ, Yar’Adua, Jonathan squandered over N11tr for electricity – SERAP

A new report by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has revealed how over N11 trillion meant to provide regular electricity supply was allegedly squandered under the governments of former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar‘Adua and Goodluck Jonathan. According to the report, “The total estimated financial loss to Nigeria from corruption in the electricity sector starting from the return to democracy in 1999 to date is over Eleven Trillion Naira (N11 Trillion Naira). This represents public funds, private equity and social investment (or divestments) in the power sector. It is estimated that…

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