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SERAP urges Buhari to probe Local Government expenditure

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has called on President MUHAMMADU BUHARI to probe the expenditure of the monthly allocations of the local government areas in Nigeria.

The Advocacy group made the request in a letter signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, KOLAWOLE OLUWADARE.

SERAP asked the President to order the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, ABUBAKAR MALAMI, or appropriate anti-corruption agencies to urgently investigate corruption allegations in the use of the monies.

It also sought investigations into the alleged complicity of some state governors in corruption cases involving local government allocations between 1999 and 2019.

SERAP further urged that in the case where there was relevant and sufficient admissible evidence, suspected perpetrators should be prosecuted by relevant agencies and stolen public funds be recovered.

It explained that the letter to the President became necessary following the arrest of sixteen local government chairmen in Kwara State by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

SERAP threatened to institute legal proceeding against the federal government if their request is not acceded to within fourteen days of their letter.

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