CSOs Drag Akume, NSDC ES, Adedeji, CCB, NIMC To Court

<strong>CSOs Drag Akume, NSDC ES, Adedeji, CCB, NIMC To Court</strong>
  • Ask court to compel EFCC to probe alleged misappropriation, false assets declaration by agencies heads

By Mustapha Ishaku

Civil Society Organisations, CSOs have dragged the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Sen George Akume, Executive Secretary, National Sugar Development Council, Mr Zach Adelabu Adedeji, the Attorney-General of the Federation ,Abubakar Malami SAN, Director-General , National Identity Management Commission, Code of Conduct Bureau to court on separate issues bordering on alleged misappropriation of public funds and false assets declarations and failure  to grant leave for investigation in line with the FOI Act.

 The CSOs, the Incorporated Trustees of Project 20 Million Club and the Incorporated Trustees of Twenty Million Youth Development Initiative had filed three different suits at the Federal High Court, Abuja Judicial Division against the above-mentioned persons and agencies of the Federal Government including the Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami, SAN.

The CSOs in a joint press conference weekend informed the press that they have instituted actions against some Federal Government agencies over an alleged failure to investigate or act upon their two separate petitions requesting for answers over alleged misappropriation of public funds and false assets declarations of the above mentioned public servants in the extant agencies.

AljazirahNigeria sighted court documents in a Suit No: “FHC/ABJ/CS/974/2022 dated June 23, 2022, in a matter of an Application by Project 20 Million Club for Judicial review in form of orders for declarations mandamus between Project 20 Million Club as Applicant and the Honourable Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs and the Attorney General of the Federation as Respondents.

On this particular suit, the CSO is praying the court for an order to grant leave for the applicant to apply for judicial review that it is entitled to the information requested in pursuant to the provision of Sections 1,4, 12 (2)&14(3) of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011” in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a Motion Ex-parte Section 1(1)(2)(3),4(a) and 7(1)(4)(5) of FOI Act, Section 6(6)(b) &36(1)(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as (amended).

In the same vein, the Project 20 Million Club in suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1253/2022 had applied for judicial review in the form of orders for declarations and mandamus against the director-general of National Identity Management Commission and the AGF , granting the applicant leave to information requested in pursuant to the relevant provisions in the Freedom of Information Act, 2011.

Also another separate suit marked FHC /ABJ/CS/1347/2022 instituted by the Incorporated Trustees of Twenty Million Youth Development Initiative against the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, Mr Zach Adelabu Adedeji and the AGF over the failure of the 1st defendant to investigate petitions written to it against the 2nd defendant who holds office as the Executive Secretary of National Sugar Development Council. The investigation is centred on the alleged illicit activities of the 2nd defendant as the ES of the NSDC.

The CSO is praying the court to direct the defendant/respondent (Mr Zach Adelabu Adedeji) to temporarily step aside, recuse himself from the position of the Executive Secretary of the National Sugar Development Council, pending the conclusion of the investigation of the petition dated June 24,2022 and July 20, 2022 or as the court may direct.

  AljazirahNigeria reports that the suits were filed via a motion ex-parte, brought in pursuant to Order 34, Rules 3(1) & (2) of the FHC (Civil Procedure) Rules 2019 and under the inherent jurisdiction of the honorable court for Judicial Review.

They said the request was made in compliance with the provisions of the FOI Act which entitles citizens, groups the right to request information from government institutions, individuals and corporate organisations. 

You would recall that many heads of agencies have lost their jobs owing to false assets declarations and failure to declare at all and misappropriation of funds meant for the development of the society.


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