LG Autonomy: Supreme Court Reserves Judgment In Suit 

By Charles Ogba, Abuja

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Nigeria’s supreme court has reserved judgment in the suit filed by the Federal Government against the 36 state governors seeking full autonomy for the 774 Local Governments in the country.

The seven member panel of Justices of the apex court, led by Justice Garba Lawal after taking the adoption of processes filed by the Attorney General of the Federation AGF, Prince Lateef Fagbemi on behalf of the federal government and those of the 36 State Governors, announced that parties in the matter would be communicated once the judgment is ready.

The AGF Lateef Fagbemi pleaded with the Supreme Court to grant all the reliefs sought by the federal government in the suit.

However, the governors through their respective State Attorneys General and Commissioners of Justice opposed the request of the federal government and asked the court to dismiss the suit.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF), Prince Lateef Fagbemi had on behalf of the Federal Government, initiated the legal action against the governors, primarily seeking full autonomy for local governments as three tiers of government in the country.

In the suit marked SC/CV/343/2024, the AGF prayed the Apex Court for an order restraining state governors from unilaterally, arbitrarily and unlawfully dissolving democratically elected local government leaders.

The Chief Counsel of the Federation in the original summons which he personally signed, is also praying the Supreme Court for an order to allow the funds in the appropriations of the local governments to be channeled directly to them from the Federation Account in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution against the alleged illegal joint accounts created by the governors.

He also sought the order of the Apex Court to prevent the governors from constituting inner committees to conduct the affairs of the local governments against the democratically recognized and guaranteed system.

The governors were sued through their respective state Attorneys General.

 

 

Emmanuel Ukoh

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