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Group sues Oyebanji, others, demands contract documents, financial details


A socio-political group, underneath the aegis of Ekiti Patriotic Consultative Discussion board, has filed for an order of Mandamus earlier than the Ekiti State Excessive Court docket to compel the State authorities to launch to all of it paperwork, together with monetary data and loans, regarding the Ekiti Worldwide Cargo Airport challenge.

Lead counsel to the group, Oluwagbenga Babawibe, additionally the secretary to the discussion board, made this identified in an announcement, together with court docket processes, made obtainable to journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday.

Recall that on 15 October 2022, a couple of day earlier than his exit from workplace, the then-outgoing governor, Kayode Fayemi, whose administration initiated the challenge, commissioned the airport. On the time, the ability was but to start operation because of the absence of navigational and another tools.

In the course of the commissioning, a navy plane, marked ATR-42, belonging to the Nigerian Air Force, touched down on the airport to the thrill of many residents.

Mr Babawibe stated the movement exparte for the request for the order of Mandamus was filed earlier than the State Excessive Court docket on 28 March, in swimsuit No – HAD//352m/2024, between the group and the federal government.

The counsel stated the request was made for the paperwork pursuant to the provisions of the Ekiti State Freedom of Info Regulation, 2011.

He disclosed that his legislation agency, City Attorneys & Solicitors, appearing for the discussion board, had since 22 November 2023, made the written request to the federal government via the places of work of Secretary to the State Authorities, Commissioner for Justice and Lawyer Common, and the State Accountant Common.

He famous that the receipt of the letter was acknowledged on 11 December 2023 by the Accountant Common’s workplace however with none motion.

Mr Babawibe stated when the letter was written in 2023, the group had given a seven-day ultimatum, inside which the request must be accessed, and likewise warned then that failure to behave on it could pressure the group into approaching the court docket to compel the federal government to behave.

He, nevertheless, regretted that up until now, regardless of all of the efforts, no response had been obtained from the federal government, therefore the choice to resort to the court docket to pressure the federal government to behave on the stated request.

The state authorities is claimed to have signed the contract with the China Civil Engineering Building Company Restricted (CCECCL).

Additionally, in an affidavit in help of the movement exparte, Tope Kolawole, a authorized practitioner in the identical legislation agency, stated the Ekiti Patriotic Consultative Discussion board is comprised of very accountable Ekiti indigenes who’re all the time working in direction of the event and development of the state.

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He stated the newest motion by the group had grow to be obligatory for need of probity, accountability, and efficient administration of public funds.

He famous that the group, which has the proper to know the way the general public fund is spent, had no possibility however to use for depart of the court docket to file for the stated order of mandamus in spite of everything refined technique of getting the related paperwork did not yield outcomes.

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