The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), said it will nor rest on its oars until it gets information on how the government of Nigeria spent the recovered money the late General Sani Abacha stole.
Towards this end, it has sent an appeal to Access to Information (AI) Appeals Board against the World Bank’s decision dated November 25, 2015 not to release the information to it.
The World Bank said on a reply to SERAP request that it will only be able “to provide patently insufficient information on the spending of recovered stolen funds by the late General Sani Abach
The appeal dated February 5, 2016 and signed by the Deputy Executive Director of SERAP, Olukayode Majekodunmi, the organisation said, “Following receipt of several documents from the World Bank totalling over 700 pages on the Abacha loot, SERAP commenced independent investigations and verification of some of the information supplied with appropriate agencies and institutions of government.
“SERAP is concerned that the World Bank failed and/or neglected to provide several portions of the information requested on the spending of recovered Abacha loot managed by the Bank.
“SERAP notes that one of the guiding principles of the Policy on Access to Information (AI Policy) is recognizing the right to an appeals process when a request for information in the World Bank’s possession is improperly or unreasonably denied.
“SERAP argues that there is a strong public interest case here to override the corporate administrative matters, deliberative information or financial information exceptions of the AI Policy if the information being requested falls under one of these exceptions.”
“SERAP believes that it is not harmful for the Bank to disclose specific details of the information requested. SERAP also notes that the sole remedy available to those who prevail in the appeals process is to receive the information requested, the statement said.