Paris Club refund: Court grants SERAP permission for judicial review

By Abdulwahab Abdulah

A Federal high court sitting in Lagos has granted leave permitting Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, to seek an order of mandamus directing the government to publish details of spending of N388.304 billion London Paris Club Loan refunds allegedly diverted and mismanaged by 35 states.

Justice Muslim Hassan, in a short ruling held that SERAP can proceed with the legal challenge to unravel how exactly 35 states spent the Paris Club loan refunds.

While granting the leave, the judge stressed that it was important for the authorities “to come and tell us how they spent our money.”

The order of the court followed the argument canvassed on the ex parte motion by SERAP counsel, Ms Bamisope Ibidolapo.

The order by Justice Hassan has now cleared the way for SERAP to advance its case against the Federal Government and state governors.

Already, the court has fixed hearing on why the government should not be directed and compelled to make public details of projects on which the Paris Club loan refunds were spent, for Wednesday, September 14.

 

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