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Court orders Jonathan, Okonjo-Iweala to give account of missing N30tn

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Former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala  and the Federal Government have been ordered by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to “provide information on the spending of the alleged missing N30 trillion which represents some accruable income to the Federal Government during the last four years of the Administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.”

Justice Ibrahim Buba delivered the judgement following a Freedom of Information suit brought by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP.

SERAP had gone to court following revelations by a former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Charles Soludo, that at least N30 trillion “has either been stolen or unaccounted for, or grossly mismanaged over the last few years under the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s watch.”

Justice Buba said: “Mrs Okonjo-Iweala and the Federal Government have no legally justifiable reason for refusing to provide SERAP with the information requested for. The Court has gone through the application and agrees that SERAP’s application has merits and the argument is not opposed. SERAP’s application is granted as prayed.”

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The Court also agreed with arguments by SERAP’s deputy director Olukayode Majekodunmi that Mrs Okonjo-Iweala and the Federal Government “should have either supplied the information requested by SERAP or communicate her denial within 7 days of receipt of the letter from SERAP if she considers that the request should be denied.”

Justice Buba judgement reads in part: “The only issue for determination is whether Mrs Okonjo-Iweala and the Federal Government should be heard on their preliminary objection considering the totality of the circumstances of this case.”

“He who wants equity must do equity. This suit was filed on 25 February 2015 and from the record of the court was served on Mrs Okonjo-Iweala and the Federal Government on 3rd July, 2015. It took about 3 months for them to come up with technical response to the simple request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2011.”

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