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SERAP asks Buhari to ‘probe alleged misuse of N4.5bn COVID-19 funds by Kogi govt’

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has appealed to the federal government to to “direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, SAN and appropriate anti-corruption agencies to look into the alleged misuse of the N4.5 billion donations, loans and support the Kogi State government received from the Federal Government, including N90,720,000 reportedly spent on software to track COVID-19 cases in the state.”

It stated that “if there is relevant and sufficient admissible evidence, anyone suspected to be involved should face prosecution, as appropriate.”

In the letter dated 27 March 2021 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said: “Directing the Attorney General of the Federation and appropriate anti-corruption agencies as recommended is constitutional, and would be entirely consistent with your promise in your inaugural speech to ‘ensure responsible and accountable governance at all levels of government in the country.’”

SERAP quoted Buhari as promising in his inaugural speech on 29th May, 2015 that: ‘The Federal Government would not fold its arms and close its eyes to what is going on in the states and local governments. It will ensure that the gross corruption at the local level is checked. For I will not have kept my own trust with the Nigerian people if I allow others abuse theirs under my watch.’”

 

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