Travel ban on 50 high-profile Nigerians illegal, repressive, says SERAP

A rights organization, the Socio- Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has berated the Federal Government for placing travel ban on 50 alleged high-profile corrupt Nigerians without any legal basis and judicial authorisation. The organisation, in a statement signed by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, said government’s action is arbitrary, repressive and illegal, as it not only breached constitutional rights but also the country’s international obligations which protect the rights to freedom of movement, to leave one’s country, to privacy and to due process of law. According to SERAP, a…

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Ekiti: Why we are yet to prosecute suspected vote buyers- INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the delay in prosecuting individuals suspected to have engaged in vote buying during the last governorship election in Ekiti State was sequel to the fact that it lacks powers to arrest and investigate the suspects. This was part of the electoral body’s response to an open letter sent to its chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, by a rights organization, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) asking that the commission should in collaboration with all anti-graft agencies carry out a prompt, thorough…

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N1.1bn water contract scam: SERAP, CSNAC seek deputy speaker’s prosecution

Two civil society groups- Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and the Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) have called for the probe of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Lasun Yusuff, over a report by New Telegraph Newspapers which exposed the alleged culpability of the parliamentarian in the award of water contracts to the tune of about N1.1 billion. In separate petitions addressed to the leadership of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related…

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Buhari media organization commends SERAP, Judiciary over ruling on budget padding

The Buhari Media Organizations (BMO) has commended the Social-Economic Rights and Accountability Projects (SERAP), a non-governmental organization and the Judiciary over a ruling on budget padding. The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos had ruled, compelling the Federal Government to probe allegations of padding and stealing of about N481billion from the 2016 budget by some principal officers of the National Assembly. In a statement in Abuja, the Buhari Media Organization (BMO) said it is historical ruling by Justice Muhammed Idris and it is clear that the anti-graft war is becoming…

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Account for post-privatisation spending on the power sector, SERAP tells Fashola

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has sent a Freedom of Information request to Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Minister of Power, Works and Housing, asking him to use his good offices and leadership position “to urgently provide information on specific details of spending on the privatisation of the electricity sector and the exact amount of post-privatisation spending to date, and to explain if such spending came from budgetary allocations or other sources.” The organization is also seeking “information on the status of implementation of the 25-year national energy development plan, and…

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‘Declare herdsmen attacks as terrorist acts,’ SERAP urges UN Security Council

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to the UN Security Council and its members urging them to: “Urgently hold a special session on Nigeria and to visit the country to press the authorities to end continuing killings and destruction of property by suspected herdsmen across Nigeria, particularly in the North-Central of the country.” The organization also asked the Council to: “treat the atrocities by herdsmen as terrorist acts, in line with the UN Security Council resolution 2349 (2017), which addresses Boko Haram’s presence in the…

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SERAP to FG: Explain why Nigerians drink contaminated water

Worried by state of water infrastructure in the country, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called the Minister of Water Resources and Rural Development, Suleiman Adamu, an engineer, to explain why Nigeria’s water and sanitation infrastructure had continued to deteriorate. In a letter signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, the organisation expressed concerns that despite the authorities’ claims to have spent trillions of naira of budgetary allocations on the sector since the return of democracy in 1999, millions of Nigerians have to resort to drinking water from…

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Report: How universities cover up corruption, sexual harassment

A new report by a rights organization, the Socio- Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has chronicled how most allegations of corruption and sexual harassment in federal universities were covered up. The report revealed that societal ills such as “unfair allocation of grades; contract inflation, truncation of staff’s salary on the pay roll; employment of unqualified staff; Senator Dino Melaye’s certificate scandal saga; examination malpractices; sexual harassment; issuance of results for expelled student to graduate; and sales of university certificates for undeserving persons have neither been thoroughly investigated nor punished.”…

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Padded N481bn: SERAP gets court’s nod to prosecute NASS’ officials

Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos, has granted leave to a rights group, the Socio- Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), to seek an order of mandamus compelling the federal government to prosecute some principal officers of the National Assembly. With the leave, SERAP was now empowered to prosecute the officials over allegations of padding and stealing of N481billion from the 2016 budget. The judge granted the order for leave after the hearing an ex parte motion argued by SERAP’s lawyer, Mrs. Joke Fekumo. The court’s…

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Kukah, Amnesty International, SERAP others reject NGO regulatory bill

Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Most Rev (Dr.) Matthew Hassan Kukah has joined other stakeholders including Amnesty International, SERAP, the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) to condemn the proposed law on the regulation of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) by the House of Representatives. The outspoken clergy and various civil society groups made their positions known yesterday at the public hearing organized by the House of Representatives committee on non-governmental organisations and international development partners on the controversial NGO bill. Titled “The non-governmental organisation regulatory commission of Nigeria (establishment) bill, it…

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