Federal high court dismisses suit by Attorney-General

Written by on March 25, 2022

The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit by the Attorneys-General of Nigeria’s 36 states against the Federal Government.

In the suit, the states are challenging the planned deduction of 418 million dollars from the Federation Account to settle debts owed to consultants engaged by the states and local governments in relation to the Paris Club refunds.

Delivering the judgment on Friday, Justice Inyang Ekwo dismissed the suit, saying the attorneys-general have not shown enough evidence to allow them the right to institute the action.

According to him, there was no express evidence to show that the governors of the 36 states agreed to the filing of the suit.

He also said that the office of the Attorney-General of a state was created under Section 195 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended and the Attorney-General of a state is appointed by a governor, which makes the Attorney-General an appointee, who is under the control of a governor.

Kevin Madu

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