The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted leave to the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project and Human and Environmental Development Agenda Resource Centre to sue the Central Bank of Nigeria for failure to disclose detailed information on COVID-19 donations requested from it in July this year.
Justice Inyang Ekwo granted the order following an ex parte application moved by the two applicants’ counsel, Joel Ekong, on Monday.
The applicants noted in their ex parte application filed on November 3, 2020 that it was reported that about N15bn in monetary contributions is currently in the account set up under the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) and domiciled with the respondent.
They, however, stated that they were seriously concerned that despite the donations, the larger proportion of Nigerians, including the poorest and the most vulnerable people, have not benefited up till now from the Federal Government and private sectors announced palliatives, donations, cash payments, cash transfers and other benefits.
In his ruling, the judge ordered the applicants to file their substantive suit within seven days and serve it on the CBN within seven days after the filing.