Supreme court nullifies executive order empowering FG 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 Supreme Court declared as unlawful and unconstitutional, Executive Order 10 (EO10) on the funding of State Judiciary and Legislature.

President Buhari, on May 22, signed the order granting financial autonomy to the legislature and the judiciary in the 36 states of the federation.

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.

They had also applied for an order of the apex court to compel the Federal Government to pay them N66 billion naira, being an amount they have so far spent on capital projects for the three courts.

The governors informed the apex court that the three courts were the courts of the Federation and as such, the funding of their capital project should flow from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation.

 

 




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