SERAP Sues Federal Lawmakers, Seeks To Stop N57.6 Billion SUVs Purchase

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Federal High Court in Lagos to stop the House of Representatives from procuring and taking delivery of 360 Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) worth N57.6 billion for its members, pending the hearing and determination of the applications for injunction filed by the organisation.”

This is coming 10 weeks after the advocacy group filed a lawsuit against the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio and Speaker of House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas over “the unlawful plan to spend N40 billion on 465 exotic and bulletproof cars for members and principal officials, and N70 billion as ‘palliatives’ for new members.”

SERAP’s applications for interim and interlocutory injunction followed reports that the lawmakers are set to procure and take delivery of N57.6 billion SUVs. According to reports, each of the SUVs would cost taxpayers at least N160 million.
In the applications filed last week, SERAP is seeking, “an order of interim injunction restraining the National Assembly from procuring, taking delivery and distributing the SUVs to their members, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for an order of interlocutory injunction filed simultaneously in this suit.”

It is equally seeking, “such further order(s) that the Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstance of this suit.”