By Clement A. Oloyede
A coalition of 20 civil society and anti-corruption groups has sued the Federal Government over its plan to concession the Port-Harcourt refinery to AGIP/ENI and Oando.
The groups, which include the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), Campaign for Democracy, Centre for Change, Nigerians Unite against Corruption, in a press conference on June 5 gave the FG a 48 hours ultimatum to cancel its planned concession of the refinery or face legal and civil actions.
CACOL’s executive chairman, Debo Adeniran in a statement said upon FG’s refusal to honour the 48 hours ultimatum, “We have decided to proceed to court for redress before the country is brazenly robbed of such a vital national asset. Our lawyer, Mr Festus Keyamo, has already filed our court papers.
“We shall also proceed to the Senate to defend our position, if there is need to, while preparations to mobilize Nigerians for street protests if the Federal Government decides to proceed with this fraudulent transaction has begun.”
He said the planned concession is fraudulent and did not follow a transparent process as provided for by Section 1(12) of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (Establishment, ETC) Act, 2005.