SERAP Demands Legal Action Against Attorney-General Over Looted Funds

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(Last Updated On: 2016-12-05)

Oluwatosin Lamidi

 

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has approached court to seek permission to prosecute Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and Accountant-General, Ahmed Idris, for not providing details of how recovered stolen funds between 1999 and 2016 were spent.

It would be recalled that Justice Muhammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos had nine months ago ordered that the Federal Government provide details of total recovered public stolen funds and assets.

Following notices sent to Malami and Idris on form 48 indicating contempt with an attached copy of the earlier judgment, form 49 which would aid SERAP to embark on committal hearing against the government was filed at the Federal High Court, Lagos recently by SERAP executive director, Adetokunbo Mumuni.

Mumuni on Sunday lamented that despite the service of form 48 and the certified copy of the judgment on both the Attorney General of the Federation and the Accountant-General of the Federation, they allegedly did not acknowledge both letters.

“It has become painfully clear since the judgment was delivered that this government has no plan to enforce it. It’s dismaying that a government, which builds its reputation on combating grand corruption, has not embraced the enormous opportunities the judgment provides to open the book on what exactly happened to recovered loot.

“It’s absolutely unacceptable to take the court, which is the guardian of justice in this country, for a ride. A democratic state based on the rule of law cannot exist or function, if the government ignores and/or fails to abide by Court orders,” he added.

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The 69-page judgment was filed in suit no: FHC/IKJ/CS/248/2011 sand igned by Justice Mohammed Idris.

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