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Supreme Court nullifies executive order empowering federal government to deduct from state funds

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A majority of the Supreme Court’s seven-member panel have nullified President Muhammadu Buhari’s executive order 10.The order empowers the accountant-general of the federation to deduct funds for the state legislature and the judiciary from the federation allocations to the states. However, all the 36 states through their attorneys-general filed a suit on September 17, 2020, contending the constitutionality of the executive order. In a split decision on Friday, the majority of the court’s seven-member panel agreed that the president exceeded his constitutional powers in issuing the. executive order 10. Meanwhile, legal experts have thrown their weight behind the ruling of the Supreme Court. In an earlier interview with TV 360 Nigeria, legal practitioner, Liborous Oshoma explained that an executive order should not over ride the constitution.




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