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Court orders FG to release the names of treasury looters publicly

On Tuesday, a Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the Federal Government to publish the names of treasury looters for the general public to see.

This was disclosed on Wednesday by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting.

According to Malami, the Federal Government totally agrees with the ruling of the court and hence, will carry out the order as long as it does not amount to a violation of the rules of the court.

The judgment followed a Freedom of Information suit number: FHC/CS/964/2016 brought by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) against the Federal Government, Vanguard reports.

According to Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari, the Federal Government has legal binding obligations to tell Nigerians the names of all suspected looters of the public treasury past and present.

Joined as Defendants in the suit is the Minister of Information and Culture Lai Muhammed.

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