Chairmen of the 16 Local Government Areas in Ekiti have sued the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and governors of the 36 states over the approval of $1bn from the Excess Crude Account for anti-terrorism fight.
Governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose had earlier disagreed with the decision, threatening to sue the Federal Government.
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They filed the suit before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday.
The plaintiffs prayed for an order of injunction restraining the Federal Government and the governors of the 36 states of the federation or their agents, from giving effect to “the appropriation and/or approval of appropriation of the sum of $1bn from the ECA of the Federation.
They also prayed the court to declare that the approval of the sum of $1bn 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 their consent, is ultra vires, unlawful, null and void.”
They also asked the court for a declaration that they were “entitled to full share of all revenue accrued and accruable to the Federation Account and the Federation Excess Crude Account or any other Account whatsoever operated by and for the Federation of Nigeria, including the sum of $1,000,000,000 (which was purportedly approved for the expenditure of the Federal Government by the 1st to 37th defendants at the 83rd National Economic Council meeting of December 15, 2017, in accordance with Section 162 of the 1999 constitution and the provisions of Allocation of Revenue (Federation Account) Act.”