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LG Autonomy: Supreme Court Rules On Application Filed Against 36 Governors

Following the suit file by the federal government against the 36 states of the federation, the Supreme Court of Nigeria has directed the State Governors to file in their respective defence.

Recall that the the federal Government through the attorney general of the federation, AGF, Lateef Fagbemi is seeking for full autonomy for the 774 local governments in the country.

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Meanwhile, the apex court also ordered the Attorney General of the Federation to file his reply within two days, after receipt of their defence.

Justice Garba Lawal, who led a seven-man panel issued the order while ruling on an application for abridgment of time argued by the AGF.

Justice Lawal said that the decision of the court was predicated on the national urgency of the suit and the non-objection from the Attorneys General of the states of the Federation.

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The Supreme Court held that filing of all processes and exchanging of same must be completed within the time and subsequently fixed June 13 for hearing of the suit.

Justice lawal ordered that the eight states that were not in attendance at Thursday’s proceedings must be served with fresh hearing notice.

The states whose Attorney’s General were absent in court, despite being served with hearing notice include Borno, Kano, Kogi, Niger, Ogun, Osun, Oyo and Sokoto.

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