SUPREME COURT RESERVES JUDGEMENT ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S SUIT AGAINST 36 GOVS

The Supreme Court, yesterday, reserved its judgment on the suit the Federal Government filed to secure full autonomy for the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.

A seven-man panel of the court, led by Justice Garba Lawal Okayed the matter for judgment, after governors of the 36 states of the Federation, through their respective Attorney-Generals, adopted their briefs of argument.

The states, in separate preliminary objections, sought the dismissal of the suit with substantial cost.

They contended that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, who initiated the action on behalf of FG, lacked the legal right to do so.

Some of the states argued that they already have democratically elected LG officials in place, insisting that the suit by FG amounted to an abuse of the judicial process.

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