The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has stated it has secured authorized authority to sue Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
According to the group in a tweet on Wednesday, the go well with is to compel Nigeria’s numbers three and 4 residents to analyze alleged lacking N4. 4 billion budgeted for the National Assembly.
The movement on discover is to be served on the respondents inside seven days, the group added.
Hon. Justice Ekwo of Court 5 additionally ordered that the Motion on Notice be served on the Respondents inside seven days of the order, along with listening to notices.
The go well with quantity FHC/ABJ/CS/366/2021 is adjourned to thirteenth July, 2021 for the listening to of the substantive utility.
— SERAP (@SERAPNigeria) June 23, 2021
“The Federal High Court in Abuja today granted SERAP the permission to pursue our case seeking to compel Senate President Dr. Lawan and Speaker Mr Gbajabiamila to investigate or refer to anti-corruption agencies alleged missing N4.4bn budgeted for the National Assembly.
“Hon. Justice Ekwo of Court 5 additionally ordered that the Motion on Notice be served on the Respondents inside seven days of the order, along with listening to notices.
“The suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/366/2021 is adjourned to 13th July, 2021 for the hearing of the substantive application,” it stated.
SERAP had in March filed a lawsuit towards Lawan and Gbajabiamila over “their failure to probe, and to refer to appropriate anti-corruption agencies allegations that N4.4bn of public money budgeted for the National Assembly is missing, misappropriated, diverted or stolen, as documented in three annual audited reports by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.”
The go well with adopted the publication of annual audited reviews for 2015, 2017 and 2018 through which the Auditor-General of the Federation raised “concerns about alleged diversion and misappropriation of public funds, sought the recovery of any missing funds, and asked that the evidence of recovery should be forwarded to his office.”