A group with the name, Coalition for the Release of the Late Dr. Pius Okigbo Panel Report has petitioned the Governor of The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, urging him to use his office to urgently ensure the public release of the original copy of the report.

The coalition is also asking the CBN boss to hand over the copy and provide a comprehensive statement of accounts relating to the spending of $12.4 billion (dedicated accounts for 1988-1994), documented by the panel to the Attorney General (AGF) of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, for appropriate legal action.”

The coalition is made up Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Women Advocates and Documentation Center (WARDC), Committee for Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), Access to Justice (AJ), Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC), Nigeria Liberty Forum (NLF), Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) and Partnership for Justice.

The group led by Messrs Adetokunbo Mumuni, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Olasupo Ojo, Joseph Otteh, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, Kayode Ogundamisi, Olanrewaju Suraju,) and Itoro Eze-Anaba, in a press release complained that it has been informed that the original copy of the report is not available in the national archives, where a copy should have been kept.

“Our investigation has however revealed that the original copy of the report is available at the trade and exchange department of the CBN,” the groups added. It stated further: “We are seriously concerned that despite the huge taxpayers’ money spent on the operation and work of the Okigbo panel, successive governments have failed and/or neglected to release the report, and to bring to justice suspected perpetrators of allegations of corruption and mismanagement documented in the report. This situation has continued to diminish public confidence in the outcome, efficacy and usefulness of subsequent public inquiries.”

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