$460m Failed Abuja CCTV: SERAP wins suit to compel FG to disclose project details

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has won the latest round of the legal battle compelling the Federal Government, to disclose the details of the $460 million loan obtained in 2010 from China to fund the failed Abuja Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) project.
The details will include the names of contractors who collected money, and why Nigeria is re-paying the loan.
Justice Anwuri Ichegbuo Chikere, of the Federal High Court, Abuja, last week granted leave clearing the way for SERAP to advance its case to compel Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, to disclose details of payment of the $460 Chinese loan to contractors.
Justice Chikere granted the order following the argument in court on an exparte motion by SERAP’s counsel Ms Atinuke Adejuyigbe and Mr Opeyemi Owolabi. 
The suit was adjourned to Monday, 24th February, 2020 for hearing of the substantive suit.
The suit followed SERAP’s Freedom of Information (FoI) request dated 25 October 2019 to Mrs Ahmed, expressing: “concern that Nigerians are being made to pay for the Chinese loans for failed and abandoned projects, and for which they have not benefited in any way, shape or form.” 

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