Court to hear alleged fraud suit against aviation PS Sept. 21

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By Wandoo Sombo

The Federal High Court, Abuja has fixed Sept. 21 to hear an ex parte motion filed against the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Aviation, Mr Emmanuel Meribole.

The Incorporated Trustees of Patriotic Youth Organization of Nigeria, through their lawyer, Mr Peter Abang dragged Meribole to court over alleged failure to declare contract details of the ministry.

The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that while Meribole is the 1st respondent in the suit, the Federal Ministry of Aviation is listed as the 2nd respondent.

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The plaintiffs in the suit marked FHC/ABM/CS/969/2023 are  praying the court for an order granting leave to the applicant to apply for judicial review against the respondents activities.

” To wit : A declaration that the permanent secretary has a statutory and public duty to furnish the applicant information and details concerning the 2nd respondent as contained in the applicant’s letter of request dated

June, 23.”

The plaintiff also prayed the court for a declaration that the refusal or failure of  Meribole to respond to or comply with the applicant’s request constituted a  failure of  his statutory duty to the applicant.

“This is therefore unlawful, illegal, an abuse of powers, abuse of discretion and ultra vires.”

The plaintiffs prayed the court to make an order directing and compelling the respondents to issue, comply with and or make available to the applicant  information and details of contracts and expenditures.

They said this should be as contained in the applicant’s letter of June 23 as well as accept payment of the appropriate fees from the applicant forthwith.

They listed some of the contracts in the demands in their letter to include: Airstrip and other capital contracts by the Ministry from 2020 till date.

” Contract executed from over-head from December 2022 till date; details of approved foreign programmes for the permanent secretary in the ministry and its agencies from  December 2022 till date.

“Performance Management System Contracts and Expenditures from 2020 till date and any other relevant document in relation to the foregoing.”

The applicant said that from investigations, there was  reasonable suspicion that there had been several lapses and various misconducts by Meribole in relation to the discharge of his duties.

According to the plaintiff, the request made in the letter is to enable the applicant compare the ownership of the assets and properties declared by the 1st respondent in his assets declaration forms.

This they said was as well as his lifestyle, with any other assets and properties which it suspects to be linked either to the 1st respondent, his children or even other third parties suspected to be acting for them.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed fixed Sept . 21 to hear the matter. (NAN)

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