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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has requested the disclosure of spendings on security vote between 2011 and 2019 from President Muhammadu Buhari and the 36 state governors. In the multiple requests made under the Freedom of Information Act on 12 April, the group said: “Given the current security realities in the country, we need the information to determine if public funds meant to provide security and ensure respect and protection of the rights to life, physical integrity, and liberty of Nigerians have been spent for this purpose. Our request is limited to details of visible, specific security measures and projects executed and does not include spending on intelligence operations.” The letters were signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare. The organisation said: “’Section 14(2)(b) of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended) provides that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.’ It is…