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Court approves suit seeking N523m school feeding details

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted leave to a civil society group to commence a suit seeking detailed information on N523m which the Federal Government claimed to have spent on feeding of school children during the COVID-19 lockdown earlier in the year.

Justice Nkeoye Maha granted the order following an ex parte application by the applicant, the Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International.

The order was granted on November 16, 2020, but the certified true copy of it was made available to newsmen on Wednesday.

Joined as defendants in the suit are the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, her ministry, the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission.

The applicant, through its lawyer, Kingdom Okere, had sought to commence the suit to seek an order compelling the defendants to release the requested information in line with the provision of Freedom of Information Act.

The applicant stated in its ex parte application that it sought to commence the suit because it suspected act of corruption in the school feeding spending.

The court after granting the leave ordered the plaintiff to file originating summons within eight days and have it served on the defendants.

It adjourned the matter till February 22.

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