The Supreme Court has nullified the removal of elected Local Government and Local Council Development Area executives in Oyo State.
In a unanimous judgement, the Supreme Court described the sacking of the Local Government and LCDA executives and their replacement by caretaker committees as illegal.
The Court also fined Oyo State Government the sum of N20 million for perpetrating illegality and impunity.
It ordered the Oyo State Government to ensure that all dissolved council chairmen and councillors receive full salaries and allowances up till March 2022.
The Court also told the Attorney General of Oyo State to ensure the state government complies with its judgement before August 7, 2021.
The ruling by the apex court will ensure that the sacked chairmen, councillors whose tenure are about to expire receive the full payment for the the three years they were supposed to be in office.
Reacting to the judgment, Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, via a post on his Twitter handle, said: “Oyo ALGON : Today’s Supreme Court Judgement is landmark. It set a new precedent. Supreme Court was unsparing and unequivocal in its judgement. Congratulations to all dissolved Council Chairmen and Councillors. Will receive full salaries and allowances.”