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Ekiti LG chairmen drag AGF, 36 governors to court over $1bn insurgency fund

The 16 Local Government Chairmen in Ekiti state have sued the Attorney General of the Federation and Governors of the 36 states over the approval of the sum of $1billion from the Excess Crude Account of the Federation for the fight against insurgency.

The local government bosses want an order of injunction restraining the Federal government and the 36 state governors, their agents, servants, privies, representatives in interest, howsoever called and by whatsoever name designated, from giving effect to the appropriation and/ or approval of appropriation of the sum of $1 billion or any other sum whatsoever, from the Excess Crude Account of the Federation, as contained in the decision made on December 15, 2017 unless and by means of statutory allocation by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1264/17, the council Chairmen asked the Abuja division of the Federal High Court to declare that the approval of the sum of $1 billion by the 36 state governors to purportedly execute the constitutional duty of the Federal government, which has been sufficiently funded from the Federation Account, without the their consent is ultra vires, unlawful, null and void.

The suit which was filed today at the registry of the court by counsel to the plaintiffs, Ola Olanikpekun (SAN) also listed the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission as a defendant.

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