SERAP advice president to investigate corruption allegations of federal allocations to local governments


Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project SERAP, has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami SAN, and appropriate anti-corruption agencies to investigate corruption allegations in the use of the monthly federal allocations to the 774 local governments in the country through the 36 state governors and the Federal Capital Territory.

SERAP also sought investigations into the alleged complicity of state governors in corruption cases involving local government allocations between 1999 and 2019.

SERAP’s letter followed the reported arrest last week by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of 16 local government chairmen in Kwara state, who were suspended by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

They allegedly misappropriated N4 billion loan meant for paying teachers’ salaries and local government pensioners.