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Information on Buhari’s London treatment can’t be released without his consent –Court . . The Abuja…

Information on Buhari’s London treatment can’t be released without his consent –Court
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The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Tuesday, declined to compel the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and its Governor, Godwin Emefiele, to disclose how much that was expended on Pres. Buhari’s medical treatment in the U.K last year. .
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The court, in a judgment that was delivered by Justice John Tsoho, held that under section 14(1) (b) of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011, such information, being personal in nature, could not be disclosed by a public institution. .
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The judge held that section 14(2) of the Act stipulated that such information could only be revealed with Buhari’s consent, saying there was no evidence before the court that such consent was sought or obtained from the President. .
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The court maintained that the section was categorical that the sought information should be disclosed if the individual affected gave his nod or if such information was already available in the public domain. .
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“In this instance, there is no evidence that the President consented or that the information was in public domain, hence this application. I hereby hold that the information sought by the Applicant is exempted by virtue of section 14 (1) (b) of the Freedom of Information Act.”
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The judgment followed a suit that was filed by a civil society group under the aegis of Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative, ASRADI, which had on October 19, 2017, written a letter to the CBN, requesting full details of spendings on Buhari’s treatment.
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