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REOPENED- Supreme orders payment of allocations directly into LG accounts

The Supreme Court on Thursday held that henceforth all Local Government Area allocations should be paid directly into their accounts.

Justice Emmanuel Agim who led a seven-member panel of the justices of the apex court, gave the order while delivering judgment in a suit filed by the federal government against the 36 state governors.

“Henceforth, no more payment of the Local Government Area allocations to the state government accounts,” the judge held.

NAN reports that the Federal Government approached the Supreme Court with a suit seeking to compel governors of the 36 states of the federation to grant full autonomy to the local governments in their domains.

The suit, marked SC/CV/343/2024, was filed by the  Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), on behalf of the Federal Government.

The Federal Government is urging the apex court to issue “an order prohibiting state governors from unilateral, arbitrary and unlawful dissolution of democratically elected local government leaders for local governments.”

In the suit predicted on 27 grounds, the Federal Government accused the state governors of gross misconduct and abuse of power.(NAN)

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