Delivering judgement in a Freedom of Information suit
filed by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) today
March 1st, the presiding judge, Justice M.B. Idris, ruled that
successive governments since the return of democracy in 1999 “breached
the fundamental principles of transparency and accountability for
failing to disclose details about the spending of recovered stolen
public funds, including on a dedicated website.”
He thereafter ordered that President Buhari “ensures that his
government, and the governments of former President Olusegun Obasanjo,
former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, and former President Goodluck
Jonathan account fully for all recovered loot.”.
Details ordered by the court to be made public include: information on
the total amount of recovered stolen public assets by each government;
the amount of recovered stolen public assets spent by each government as
well as the objects of such spending and the projects on which such
funds were spent.