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A businessman and activist, Sesugh Akume, has dragged the Supreme Court of Nigeria and its Registrar, Hajaratu Mustapha,   to the Federal High Court in Abuja, demanding for damages of N500,000 for failing to comply with a request brought pursuant to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, 2011.

In the affidavit deposed to, the applicant alleged that he made a request on the 20th day of August , 2020, at the Supreme Court, requesting information on the matter of the Speaker, Ondo House of Assembly v Martins Alo, a landmark lawsuit.

He asserted that he sought to know the suit number, and its status: whether the matter filed since 2018 had been heard with the judgement granted/not yet granted; or whether it had not been heard with a date fixed/not yet fixed but he got no response whatsoever from the Supreme Court.

Besides, he alleged that he gave the defendants a letter dated 7th day of September, 2020 informing them that they had seven days within which to comply in which they failed to do so.

However, he contended that the defendants have violated Sections 4(a)(b) and 7(5) of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011.

In addition, he urged the Court to order the respondents to comply with his request.

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