Supreme Court docket dragged to courtroom for Failure to Adjust to FOI Act
An activist, Sesugh Akume, has sued the Supreme Court docket and its Registrar, Mrs. Hajaratu Mustapha, for N500,000 for failing to answer a Freedom of Info request.
Akume, who’s a member of the Deliver Again Our Women group, instituted a swimsuit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1161/2020 earlier than a Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja.
In an affidavit he deposed to, the applicant mentioned he made a FoI request on August 20, 2020, on the Supreme Court docket, requesting data on the matter of Speaker, Ondo Home of Meeting v Martins Alo, a landmark lawsuit.
He mentioned he sought to know the swimsuit quantity, and its standing: whether or not the matter filed since 2018 had been heard with the judgement granted/not but granted; or whether or not it had not been heard with a date fastened/not but fastened however he received no response by any means.
Akume mentioned on September 7, he submitted a letter of grievance and reminder to the defendants informing them that they have been duty-bound to supply a response inside seven days.
Within the originating summons introduced pursuant to Sections 4(A)(B) and seven(1)(2)(3)(4)(5) of the Freedom of Info Act 2011, the activist sought an order and declaration that the Supreme Court docket and its registrar violated Sections 4(a)(b) and seven(5) of the FoI Act.
He requested the courtroom to order the respondents to rapidly furnish and make obtainable to him all the data he demanded within the FoI request.
Akume is additional in search of, “an order and declaration holding that the respondents have defaulted and breached FoI Act 2011 and thereby dedicated an offence and are liable to pay the sum of N500,000 for the FoI request they defaulted i.e being the statutory high-quality for neglecting and refusing to adjust to the provisions of the FoI Act 2011.”
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