Probe Governors, LGA chairmen for looting trillions of LG allocations – SERAP

Social Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, and/or anti-corruption agencies to probe State governors, FCT and chairmen of 774 local government (LGA) over alleged squandering and pocketing of the monthly federal allocations to the 774 local governments in the country.

This was contained in a letter SERAP sent to the President on Friday, November 1, 2019.

SERAP also stated the alleged bodies or top officials should be prosecuted, If there is evidence they loot the public funds and the investigation should cover between 1999 till date.

The association also stated that “Investigating all state governors and local government chairmen over allegations of corruption and abuse of power in the use of federal allocations meant to provide public goods and services would best serve the general public interests and welfare”.

It was gathered that over N15 trillion of federal allocations meant for provision of public goods & services by local govts have been allegedly mismanaged or pocketed by state govts, local council chairmen, and the authorities of the Federal Capital Territory in the last 12 years.

“We request that you take the recommended action within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter, failing which SERAP will institute legal proceedings to compel your government to act in the public interest.”

 “Our request is based on the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended), the country’s anti-corruption legislation and international obligations, particularly the UN Convention against Corruption. Section 7(6)(a) of the constitution anticipates allocation of public revenue to the 774 local governments in the country. The proposed investigations and prosecution do not offend the constitutional principles of federation in any way, shape or form.”

 “Your government is empowered to use the provisions of the constitution, anti-corruption legislation and international standards to check cases of corruption and abuse of power nationwide, including by state and local governments. This position is entirely consistent with the doctrine of covering the field, as it vindicates the true practice of federalism.”

It was gathered that over N15 trillion of federal allocations meant for provision of public goods & services by local government have been allegedly mismanaged or pocketed by state government, local council chairmen, and the authorities of the Federal Capital Territory in the last 12 years, SERAP reports.

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