Court Orders CBN Governor, Emefiele to Give Account of COVID-19 Donations




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An order has been given by a asking Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, to account for all -19 donation made to the country.

The Federal High , Abuja gave the order on Monday by granting a suit, seeking to apply for judicial review and order of mandamus to compel the provide details of financial donations received by the country in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mandamus is a judicial remedy in the form of an order a to any , subordinate , corporation, or public authority, to do some specific act which that body is obliged under law to do, and which is in the nature of public duty.

Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the ruling in a suit filed by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and Heda Resource Centre as 1st and 2nd applicants respectively.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the group, in an ex-parte motion marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1456/2020, listed the CBN governor as sole respondent.

Ekwo also granted their plea to seek an order declaring that the failure of the CBN to provide the plaintiff with information on the sources of the donations, how they are being applied, among others, amounted to a of the applicant’s rights under the Freedom of Information Act and the African Chatter on and People’s Rights.

He ordered the applicant to file, within seven days, a formal for the orders sought, which must be served on the respondent within seven days.

The judge also ordered the respondent to, upon being served, file its response within 30 days.

The applicants, in a supporting affidavit, said they sought “an order declaring that the failure of the respondent to publish and provide comprehensive details of financial donations received towards responding to the emergence of -19 til date; detailed list of the names of the donors (individual, corporate and international ), sources of the donations and the amount contributed by each of the individuals and corporate bodies, as well as the dates each donation were received by the CBN constitutes a breach of the applicants’ rights under the Freedom of Information Act, 2011 and the African Charter on and Peoples’ Rights.”

They stated that its recourse to the court was informed by the CBN governor’s failure to provide the information as sought in its letters dated July 29 and Sept. 30.

“It is widely reported that about N15 in monetary contributions, is currently in the account set up under the Private Sector Coalition Against -19 (CACOVID) and domiciled with the respondent.

“The applicant is seriously concerned that the larger proportion of Nigerians, including the poorest and the most vulnerable people, have not benefited, up till now, the Federal and private sectors announced , donations, cash payments, cash transfers and benefits.

“The interest of the public in granting access to the information requested is far greater any interest the respondent may be trying to preserve,” they said.

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