SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oludare, mentioned the suit filed at the Federal High Courtroom in Lagos on Friday sought an order compelling the defendants to account for the N241.2bn disbursed as safety votes within the last 20 years. The group contended that regardless of the discharge of N241.2bn since 1999, Nigeria continued to expertise absence of “efficient safety of the rights to safety and welfare, life and bodily integrity of thousands and thousands of Nigerians.”
Apart from the President, also joined as defendants in the suit are the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Accountant-General of the Federation; and Auditor-General of the Federation.
Oludare said SERAP resorted to the legal action after the respondents spurned its Freedom of Information request for accountability on the N241.2bn security votes.
SERAP said, “Nigerians have the constitutional and international human right to know details of the exact amounts that have been spent as security votes and specific areas and projects covered by the allocations, disbursement and spending.
“Constitutional provisions requiring governments to ensure the security and welfare of the people are intended to protect the security and safety of citizens and not the security of a few individuals in government.
“Without transparency and accountability, the mismanagement and corruption in the allocation, disbursement and spending of security votes will continue with devastating consequences.”