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N500bn running cost: Court grants application against N’Assembly

The Federal High Court in Lagos has granted leave to Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project to proceed against the leadership of the National Assembly in its quest to ascertain the exact earnings of the national lawmakers.

The group is also demanding accountability on the spending of the N500bn budgeted as running cost for the National Assembly between 2006 and 2016.

In a ruling on Friday, Justice Rilwan Aikawa declared as meritorious SERAP’s application seeking an order of mandamus to compel the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, to give the details of how the National Assembly spent N500bn as running cost for 10 years, and to disclose the monthly allowances of each lawmaker.

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