Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Nigerian Government agrees to publish names of looters

The Federal Government has promised to publish the names of treasury looters for Nigerians too see as ordered by the Federal High court sitting in Lagos.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

A Lagos high court had ordered the 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 ruling follows a suit by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) against the government.

Speaking to State House reporters on Wednesday, Malami said: "Let me place it on the record that we have Freedom of Information Act in place. And the government is fully aware of its responsibility. But we have to take into account and consideration, the fact that there are some factors that have to be considered as far as making these disclosures is concerned.

 "There are matters that are subjudice in court. There are matters of reconciliation, compilations and other associated things. On the need and compliant basis, the federal government has been making public necessarily statements.

 "The disclosure will definitely be made, but it is contingent on reconciliation of associated considerations as they relate to subjudice principles as they relate to concluding, reconciliation and confirmation of figures.

 "So, that has been done, and the government will at the appropriate time make necessary disclosures, perhaps intermittently against the background of the prevailing conditions relating to the pendency of certain things and associated things."

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