SERAP, in a June 13 letter signed by the Deputy Director, Mr Kolawole Oluwadare, said the call was “consistent with fundamental principles of due process, and Nigeria’s international anti-corruption commitments.”
According to the body, the required information will reveal where money is going, if it is still there and facilitate assessment of the impacts of any projects carried out with the recovered loot and the alleged payments into individual accounts.
“Nigeria as a signatory to the UN Convention against Corruption, the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption, and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights has committed to ensure transparent management of public resources, and unhindered access to public information.”
SERAP said Nigeria’s commitments ought to be fully upheld and respected.
“Transparency over transactions by the government is critical to ensuring public confidence in the integrity of management of public resources,” it said in the statement given to PerSecondnews.
“We would be grateful if the requested information is provided to us within 7 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter. If we have not heard from you by then, the Registered Trustees of SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions under the Freedom of Information Act to compel you to comply with our request.”