Court orders FG to release names of suspected looters to Nigerians

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A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered the federal government to “immediately release to Nigerians information about the names of high ranking public officials from whom public funds were recovered and the circumstances under which funds were recovered, as well as the exact amount of funds recovered from each public official.”

The judgment was delivered by Justice Hadiza Shagari following a Freedom of Information suit number: FHC/CS/964/2016 brought by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP.

The suit followed disclosure last year by the FG, of funds recovered from some high-ranking public and private individuals. In her judgment, Ms. Shagari agreed with SERAP that “the FG has a legally binding obligation to tell Nigerians the names of all suspected looters of the public treasury past and present.”

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