Supreme Court Delivers Final Judgment on Local Govt Autonomy on July 11th

The Supreme Court has scheduled Thursday, July 11th, for the final judgment on the issue of local government autonomy, pitting the federal government against the 36 state governors. As reported by The Nation and monitored by Naija News, all parties and their legal representatives have been duly notified of this date.

According to documents related to the case, the notice of judgment delivery was served to the Federal Government via the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice at the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja.

The federal government has been advocating for full autonomy for the 774 local governments across Nigeria, a move contested by state governments. The Supreme Court had earlier reserved judgment on June 13th following the federal government’s lawsuit against the 36 state governors regarding this matter.

Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba, presiding over a seven-member panel, announced the decision to reserve judgment after concluding final submissions from the parties’ legal counsels. The court assured that the exact date for delivering the ruling would be communicated to all concerned parties.

Lateef Fagbemi, representing the Attorney General of the Federation, filed the lawsuit (SC/CV/343/2024) seeking Supreme Court relief to prevent state governors from arbitrarily dissolving democratically elected local government leaders. The federal government also seeks direct allocation of local government funds from the Federation Account, bypassing the joint accounts established by governors, and to prohibit the formation of Caretaker Committees at local government levels, actions deemed contrary to constitutional provisions.

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