A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former president Goodluck Jonathan and late President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s government to account for all the loots they recovered during their administrations, Vanguard reports.
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 â€œbreached 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.â€
He thereafter ordered that President Buhari â€œensures that his government, and the governments of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua, and former President Goodluck Jonathan account fully for all recovered loot.â€.
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