Court Orders Saraki, Dogara To Explain N500b Spending
A federal high court sitting in Lagos, has ordered the leaders of the National Assembly, Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to disclose the monthly allowances of each member, and explain how it spent N500 billion captured as running cost for the legislative body between 2006 and 2016.
Justice Rilwan Aikawa, gave this ruling last Friday on the suits filed by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) designated FHC/L/CS/1711/16 and FHC/L/CS/1710/16.
“I have looked at the papers filed by SERAP and I am satisfied that leave ought to be granted in this case for judicial review and an order of mandamus directing and compelling Saraki and Dogara to account for the spending of the running cost and disclose the monthly income and allowances of each senator and member,” he ruled.
SERAP had filed the two suits following the disclosure by former Chairman House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin that the two chambers of the National Assembly had pocketed N500 billion as ‘running cost’ out of the N1 trillion provided for in the National Assembly budgets between 2006 and 2016.