Federal High Court, Lagos, yesterday ordered First Bank of Nigeria Plc to disclose details of the loan facility it granted the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, for the 2013 purchase of two bullet-proof BMW cars for the then Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah. ‎
The court presided over by Justice Mohammed Yunusa gave the order while delivering judgment in a suit instituted by Enough is Enough, EiE, Nigeria, against the bank over its refusal to disclose the information to the organisation following an application it made under the Freedom of Information, FOI, Act on October 30, 2013.
The judgement is EIE’s second judicial victory in the matter, as it obtained a similar order in March 2015 directing Coscharis Motors Limited to disclose details of the transaction, while the third suit instituted by EIE against the NCAA is still pending.
In the suit against First Bank Plc, EIE through Mr. Ayodeji Acquah of Media Rights Agenda Network of Freedom of Information Lawyers, EiE had on January 9, 2014, prayed the court for the declaration that the failure and/or refusal of the First Bank to grant access to or make available to EIE the information it requested in its letter dated October 30, 2013 amounts to wrongful denial of access to information under Section 7(5) of the FOI Act and a declaration that the failure and/or refusal by the First Bank to give EIE a written notice that access to all or part of the information requested would not be granted and stating reasons for the denial and the section of the FOI Act upon which the bank relied to deny EIE access to the information it requested amounts to a flagrant violation of Section 4(b), 7(1), (2), and (3) of the FOI Act and is therefore wrongful;
The judge also gave an order of mandamus compelling First Bank to grant access to or make available to EIE the information it requested in its letter dated October 30, 2013, namely requesting the credit application file the bank provided for the loan facility of N836,970,156 for the purchase of two bullet proof BMW 760 Ll HSS vehicles for the NCAA from Coscharis Motors with the following details and original documents including pro-forma invoice(s) from the supplier, request letter from NCAA and insurance certificate for the assets (the BMW vehicles)
It also requested for the rationale for the approval, including the credit application (or an acceptable alternative) originating the request and details of the approving authority; and offer letter to NCAA stating the terms and conditions of the loan facility among others


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