The supreme Court of Nigeria on Thursday, July 11 prevented the Federal government from allocating funds to Local Government accounts that are governed by Unelected officials.

The verdict was given by the apex court in the local autonomy suit filed by the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, on behalf of the Nigerian Government.

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In the judgment, Justice Emmanuel Agim barred the Federal Government from further paying LG allocations through the state governments, noting that the practice had been abused by governors.

Justice Agim accused state governors of retaining allocations and utilising them as they pleased, to the detriment of the local government councils.

The autonomy as declared today will only be effective to elected officers of local governments in the country as transition committees won’t be included.