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Published On: Wed, Jul 1st, 2020

Court okays suits against UniAbuja VC, DG SEC

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By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, has granted leave to Centre for Social Justice to file a suit against the Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja.
The trial Judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, also gave the Centre the leave to institute a legal action against the Director General, Security and Exchange Commission.
The court compelled the Respondents to grant to the Applicant access to the details of documentation evidencing the remittance to the Consolidated revenue Fund (CRF) the sum of N603,446,911,37 (Six hundred and three million, four hundred and forty-six thousand, nine hundred and eleven naira, thirty-seven kobo) being 25% of the internally Generated Revenue.
The application for an order of mandamus against the UniAbuja VC was brought pursuant to Order 34 Rule 3 of the Federal High Court Civil Proceedures Rules 2019, Sections 20 and 21 of FOI Act etc.
In the suit, the PIaintiff/Applicant is praying for a declaration that denying the Applicant access to the details of the documentation evidencing the remittance to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) the sum of N603,446,911.37 (Six hundred and three million, four hundred and forty-six thousand, nine hundred and eleven naira, thirty-seven kobo) being 25% of the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) which was total sum of N2,413,787,645.48 (Two billion four hundred and thirteen million, seven hundred and eighty-seven thousand, six hundred and forty-tive naira, forty-eight kobo) realized in 2016 and 2017 and which failure to remit same by the Respondent contravened the provision of Finance Circular No: BO/RVE/12235/259NII/201 of 11th November, 2011 and the recommendation of the Auditor General for the Federation in page 196 of the Auditor General’s Annual Report on the Accounts of the Federation of Nigeria for the year 2017 without explanation constitutes an infringement of the Applicant’s right guaranteed and protected by section 1 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2011.
In the suit against the Director General of Security and Exchange Commission, the CSJ wants a declaration that denying the Applicant access to the details of the documentation evidencing the remittance to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) the sum of N160,271,545.85 being the interests from investing the sum N5,910,269,443.43 into Nigerian Treasury Bills (NTBs) by the Respondent and which was not remitted to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF), as required by Federal Treasury Circular No: TRY/A5&B5/2009 OAGF/CAD/OZGN.32 of 19th June, 2009 and as contained in the recommendation of the Auditor General for the Federation in page 179 of the Auditor General’s Annual Report on the Accounts of the Federation of Nigeria for the year 2017 without explanation constitutes an infringement of the Applicant’s right guaranteed and protected by section 1 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act 201.

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