A lawyer, Oluwatosin Ojaomo, has asked an Abuja High Court to compel Hanan, President Muahammadu Buhari’s daughter, to repay fund incurred when she used a Presidential jet for a private trip.
The lawyer also asked the court to instruct that forthwith no president’s child has the right to use the presidential jets.
Ojaomo asked the court to order that no president’s child has no statutory right to use the presidential aircraft which is provided for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other public officers for the purpose of performance of their official functions.
He also sought “a perpetual injunction restraining the defendant, not being a public servant from using the presidential aircraft for private purposes as was done in Bauchi State.”
He also sought another order compelling her “to pay 10 per cent interest on the judgment sum pending the final liquidation of any judgment sum” that might be ordered by the court.
He urged the court to also issue an order compelling her “to pay the sum of N2m as cost of litigation.”
In his statement of claim accompanying his writ of summons, the claimant, who described himself as “a taxpayer” and “an advocate of probity and accountability”, noted that he knew “it costs Nigerians over N5bn to maintain the presidential fleet in the 2020 budgetary allocations approved by the National Assembly.”
He said Hanan was not a public servant hence she was not entitled to spend public funds on her private projects in whatsoever means.”
Ojaomo also stated that “the reason many Nigerians voted Buhari into office was because he promised Nigerians that he would ensure that corruption was fought to a standstill and to also ensure that all leakages in public spending were nipped in the bud and that all public funds should be spent judicially and judiciously in accordance with statutory provisions in Nigeria.”
He noted that a huge sum of money had been spent from the public purse to offset the flight fueling and other logistics to fly the jet to Bauchi State by the Federal Government of Nigeria.”
He said the Ministry of Finance was in the best position to tell the court the total amount spent on the travel itinerary of the defendant to Bauchi.”