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APC chieftain drags Alison-Madueke to court over crude oil sale

Diezani Alison Madueke26 May 2014, Lagos – A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osita Okechukwu, has dragged the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke and the ministry before a Federal High Court in Abuja for refusing to release information.

The information allegedly being witheld are on the transactions involving the sale of crude oil, the crude oil swap variant and the certification of subsidy for the importation of Kerosene and petrol from January 2012, to date.
Okechukwu said the refusal to disclose the information sought amounted to a violation of Section 7 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act and was therefore wrong, illegal and unconstitutional.

In the suit filed through his counsel, Okon Obono-Obla, the plaintiff asked the court to determine whether he had shown sufficient reasons why it should extend the time for him to file an application for judicial review as enjoined by Section 20 of the Freedom of Information Act.

He is asked the court for a declaration that the refusal, failure and or neglect to release the information requested by him concerning the disclosure of transactions involving the sale of crude oil; the crude oil swap variant and the certification of subsidy for the importation of Kerosene and petrol from January 2012 to date, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporations (NNPC) amounted to a violation of Section 7 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act and was therefore wrong, illegal and unconstitutional.

He also asked the court to declare that the refusal, failure and or neglect by the defendants to release the information requested by him amounted to a violation of the provisions of Section 4 (a) of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011.

He further asked the court to declare that: “By the true interpretation and construction of Section 4 (a) of the Freedom of Information Act, the defendant as a public institution/public official within the meaning of Sections 2 (7) and 31 of the Freedom of Information Act (supra) is obligated to furnish, on request, the application of the plaintiff/applicant dated the 14th March, 2014, concerning the disclosure of transactions involving the sale of crude oil; the crude oil swap variant and the certification of subsidy for the importation of kerosene and petrol from January 2012 to date, of the NNPC.”

He asked the court for an order of injunction directing the defendants to furnish to him the information he requested in his application dated the 14th March, 2014, concerning the disclosure of transactions involving the sale of crude oil; the crude oil swap variant and the certification of subsidy for the importation of Kerosene and petrol from January 2012, to date of the NNPC to date with a comprehensive and detailed information within seven days of the delivery of judgment.

Similarly, he sought an order directing the defendants to pay a fine of N500, 000 for the wrongful denial of the plaintiff the right of access to the Information sought.

No date has been fixed for the heating of the suit

 

 

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