A human rights group, Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Mission, has sued the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, over the declare that lawmakers have pocketed nothing lower than N500bn as working prices within the final 10 years.
SERAP filed separate fits in opposition to Saraki and Dogara on the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Lagos final Friday based mostly on a sequence of allegations of corruption levelled in opposition to the Nationwide Meeting by the sacked Chairman of the Home Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin.
The Government Director of SERAP, Mr. Adetokunbo Mumuni, stated in a press release on Monday that the organisation resorted to suing the Senate President and the Home Speaker following their refusal to reply to two letters demanding their responses to Jibrin’s allegation that lawmakers diverted N500bn tagged ‘operating price’ between 2006 and 2016.
Mumuni mentioned Saraki and Dogara additionally shunned SERAP’s request that they need to disclose the month-to-month earnings of every lawmaker following the declare by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that a lawmaker goes dwelling with nothing lower than between N10m and N15m monthly.
Amongst different reliefs, SERAP needs the court docket to concern a mandamus order compelling Saraki and Dogara to provide account of how the lawmakers spent N500bn operating value, which was a part of the N1tn budgetary allocation to the Nationwide Meeting between 2006 and 2016.
The plaintiff needs the court docket to compel Saraki and Dogara to point out the tasks executed with the allegedly diverted N500bn.
SERAP additionally needs the courtroom to compel Saraki and Dogara to make public the month-to-month earnings of every lawmaker.
It argued that the refusal of the Senate President and the Home Speaker to produce the requested data was a violation of Articles 9, 21 and 22 of the African Constitution on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, which assured the basic rules of transparency and accountability.
SERAP needs the courtroom to carry that Saraki and Dogara had been obliged to provide the requested data by advantage of Part four (a) of the Freedom of Data Act, 2011.
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