Serap Takes Legal Action Over Untraced Oil Funds

SERAP Takes Legal Action Over Untraced Oil Funds

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has initiated legal proceedings against President Bola Tinubu, challenging his administration’s inaction over the alleged disappearance of significant oil revenues and funds earmarked for refinery repairs. This development follows a report by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) in 2021, which documented these concerns.

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SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, announced the lawsuit, which seeks to compel President Tinubu to instruct anti-corruption agencies to investigate the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, and other State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs). The suit, filed at the Federal High Court in Lagos, demands accountability for the purported missing $15 billion in oil revenue and N200 billion allocated for refinery maintenance.

The organisation argues that the persistent allegations of corruption and mismanagement in the oil sector have eroded public trust and that addressing these allegations is in the public interest. SERAP contends that the failure to investigate undermines economic development, perpetuates poverty, and deprives Nigerians of opportunities. The lawsuit underscores the need for the government to fulfil its constitutional duties to ensure transparency and abolish corrupt practices.


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We stand at a crossroads where the integrity of our nation’s wealth management is under scrutiny. The legal action taken by SERAP against President Tinubu’s administration is a clarion call for transparency and accountability in the management of Nigeria’s oil revenues.

The allegations of unaccounted funds are not just numbers on a page; they represent the livelihoods of millions of Nigerians who face the daily realities of economic hardship. It is our collective responsibility to demand that those in power uphold the principles of good governance and stewardship of our natural resources.

We urge President Tinubu to respond to this lawsuit not as a challenge to his authority, but as an opportunity to set a precedent for accountability. It is time to dismantle the veil of secrecy that has long shrouded the oil sector and to implement robust mechanisms that ensure every naira is accounted for and used for the betterment of all Nigerians.

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Did You Know?

  • Nigeria’s oil and gas sector is the mainstay of the economy, contributing a significant portion of government revenue and foreign exchange earnings.
  • The NEITI is part of the global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which promotes open and accountable management of extractive resources.
  • Allegations of missing funds in the oil sector have been a recurring issue in Nigeria, highlighting the challenges of corruption and accountability in the industry.
  • The Nigerian Constitution and international conventions like the UN Convention against Corruption obligate the government to prevent and address corruption and mismanagement of public resources.
  • Effective management of oil revenues is crucial for Nigeria’s development, with potential impacts on infrastructure, education, healthcare, and overall economic growth.



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