- The Federal High Court (FHC) in Lagos has asked for the release of payments details made to allegedly corrupt electricity companies
- The payments were said to have been made under four different administrations since 1999
- The court ruling also accused President Muhammadu Buhari of denying SERAP the details of the payments
The Federal High Court (FHC) in Lagos has ordered the immediate release of payments of all allegedly corrupt electricity contractors and companies under the governments of four different administrations.
The corrupt electricity companies were under the governments of former Presidents , Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Goodluck Jonathan, and the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, Premium Times reports.
The judgment was delivered on Friday, July 5, by Justice Chuka Obiozor, following a Freedom of Information suit with the tag FHC/L/CS/105/19 filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).
The new development was made known on Sunday, July 7 in a statement by SERA deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare.
The court order asked that specific names and details of the defaulting contractors paid each of the four administrations be published on dedicated websites together with the amounts they were paid.
The court also ruled that the failure of the Buhari’s government to give SERAP the details of payment made by governments since 1999 is a violation of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011.
A part of the court’s ruling also stated that President Buhari must say “if there is an ongoing investigation or prosecution of contractors and companies paid by successive governments since 1999 to carry out electricity projects but failed to execute the projects for which public funds were collected.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Buhari urged electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to to improve supply of electricity across the country.
Femi Adesina, the president’s special adviser on media and publicity, in a statement said Buhari made the call when he received a delegation of Edo state council of traditional rulers and chiefs led by Oba Ewuare II at the State House on Wednesday, July 3.
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