SERAP Tells Buhari To Publish Names Of Suspected Looters Of N6trillion NDDC Funds.
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to ask Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister to release the names of the people implicated in the misappropriation of over N6 trillion in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) between 2000 and 2019.
According to SERAP, it is in the public interest of Nigerians to see the names of the people who mismanaged the N6 trillion meant for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
SERAP’s deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, in a statement, intimated that the organisation seeks to know the names of the alleged perpetrators and nobody should be shielded by the Federal government.
The statement reads: “It is in the public interest to promptly publish the names of those indicted in the audit report, and to ensure that they face prosecution, as appropriate. Taking these decisive steps would advance the victims’ right to restitution, compensation and guarantee of non-repetition, as well as improve public confidence in the fight against corruption.”
“The level of grand corruption in the NDDC, and the devastating effects on poor Nigerians are serious enough to meet the requirements of crimes against humanity under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, to which Nigeria is a state party. The public interest in publishing the names of those indicted by the audit report outweighs any considerations to withhold the information, as there would be no prejudice against those whose names are published as long as the information is appropriately framed and truthful.
“The audit report raises prima facie evidence of grand corruption and its staggering effects in the Niger Delta. Publishing widely the report and the names of those indicted would remove the possibility of obstruction of justice, and provide insights relevant to the public debate on the ongoing efforts to combat grand corruption and the longstanding impunity of perpetrators in the country.