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Breaking: Supreme Court Declares It Unconstitutional For Governors To Hold LG Funds

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In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled that it is unconstitutional for state governors to withhold funds meant for Local Government administrations.

The apex court directed that Local Government allocations from the Federation Account be paid directly to them henceforth, granting financial autonomy to the 774 local government councils in the country.

Justice Emmanuel Agim, who read the lead judgment, dismissed the preliminary objections of the defendants (state governors) and declared that the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) has the right to institute the suit and protect the constitution.

This judgment comes after months of calls for local government autonomy in Nigeria, with President Bola Tinubu also supporting the calls.

The Federal Government had sued the 36 state governors over alleged misconduct of local government funds.

The Supreme Court’s decision is a significant victory for local government autonomy and a major setback for state governors who have been accused of mismanaging funds meant for local government administration.

The judgment is expected to have far-reaching implications for the country’s grassroots governance and development.


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