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Buhari Writes Senate For Approval  Of $556m, £98m, N226bn Judgment Debts Owed Payments

President Muhammadu Buhari has written a letter to the Senate asking the chamber to approve payments of $566,754,584, £98,526,012 and N226 billion owed by the federal government

Senate President Ahmad Lawan read the president’s letter of request at the plenary session of the chamber on Wednesday, 24 May, 2023.

The Office of the Auditor-General (OAGF) had accused the Ministry of Justice of not following due process in the disbursement of funds allocated for judgment debts.

The OAGF report said between 2017 and 2018, N10.4 billion was earmarked as judgment debts, and the sum was spent without a committee required for that purpose, just as the report also revealed that the last time the ministry had such a committee was in 2013.

The report indicted the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami, who has been since 2015.

Senator representing Edo South, Matthew Uhroghide chaired the senate public accounts committee which evaluated the OAGF’s report.

According to the report, if the practice is allowed to continue, the federal government would lose funds earmarked to pay judgment debts.

The Senate agreed with the OAGF that the Justice Ministry should stop the payment of the funds and inaugurate a committee for that purpose immediately.

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