The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has urged Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and anti-corruption agencies to investigate Ministries, Departments and Agencies, as well as National Assembly members suspected to have a hand in the alleged insertion of N39.5bn for “316 duplicated and mysterious projects in the 2021 budget.”
SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, stated, “Any such investigation should establish whether public funds have been mismanaged, diverted or stolen in the guise of implementing the duplicated and mysterious projects. Anyone suspected to be responsible should face prosecution as appropriate, if there is sufficient admissible evidence, and any stolen public fund should be fully recovered.”
The non-govermental organisation maintained that the “misallocation of public funds for duplicated and mysterious projects has seriously undermined the ability of the indicted MDAs and the government to ensure respect for human rights through developing and implementing well-thought-out policies, plans and budgets.”
Aside Malami, the correspondence was also sent to the Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye; Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa; and Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.
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