President Muhammadu Buhari has directed relevant ministries, departments and agencies to compile documents on names of public officials from whom funds has been recovered so far.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) quoted the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, as saying on Wednesday when he met with its representatives.
Adetokunbo Mumuni, Executive Director of SERAP, said the directive by Buhari was in response to a court order by the Federal High Court, Lagos, directing the Federal Government to publish the names of persons from whom funds had been recovered, as well as how much that was recovered from each person
We had a very productive meeting with Mr Malami, discussing, among other critical issues, the need for the government to obey the judgment delivered in July by Hon Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari,” Mumuni wrote in a statement issued on Thursday.
“Mr Malami informed us that President Buhari has directed the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and other relevant agencies involved in the recovery of looted funds to promptly put the documents together with a view to fully and promptly enforcing the judgment by Justice Shagari.
“We hope that the implementation of the judgment will now happen sooner rather than later.
“We believe that effectively implementing the judgment will be a victory for the rule of law, show the way forward in the fight against corruption and impunity of perpetrators in the country, as well as demonstrate Buhari’s oft-repeated commitment to tackling the problem of grand corruption.”