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Buhari and Osinbajo Sued to Court for not Declaring Assets

Socio-Economic
Rights and Accountability Project SERAP, the ANTI-corruption advocacy group has taken its
asset declaration case against the President,
Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to the Court of appeal.

SERAP had recently met a setback after the
Federal High Court in Lagos threw out its suit.

But displeased with the judgment delivered by
Justice Muslim Hassan, SERAP, according to a
statement on Sunday by its Deputy Director,
Kolawole Oludare, has now gone on appeal.

The group is seeking an order of mandamus
compelling the Code of Conduct Bureau to make
public contents of the assets declaration forms
filed by Buhari, Osinbajo, as well as the 36 state
governors and their deputies.

The group is contending that Justice Hassan
misinterpreted the law and “failed to consider
that the Freedom of Information Act was
enacted by the National Assembly in 2011 to
grant public access to public documents.”

“The learned trial judge failed to apply the
provisions of Article 9 of the African Charter on
Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and
Enforcement) Act Cap A9 Laws of the
Federation of Nigeria 2004, which allows access
to public documents to the facts of this case.
It said, “The learned trial judge erred in law by
holding that the Freedom of Information Act is a
legislation of general nature in relation to public
access to asset declaration forms of public
officers. The judge erred in law when he held
that SERAP’s application ‘is unmeritorious and it
is accordingly dismissed’.

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