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SERAP files contempt suit against FG over double pay to ex-governors

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SERAP files contempt suit against FG over double pay to ex-governors

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) at the weekend filed a contempt suit against the Federal Government of Nigeria and Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice over “failure to recover over N40billion double pay and life pensions from former state governors who are serving as lawmakers and ministers.”

Justice Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos had in Nov. 2019 ordered the FG to “recover life pensions collected by former state governors serving as ministers and members of the National Assembly.”

However, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had failed to implement the judgment.

Justice Oguntoyinbo expressed “regret” during a valedictory court session held in her honour that the judgment hasn’t been implemented.

However, in a statement on Sunday and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP said, “It is unacceptable to take the court, which is the guardian of justice in this country, for a ride.

“A democratic state based on the rule of law cannot exist or function, if the government routinely ignores and/or fails to abide by court orders.”

It added that, “Despite the service of the certified true copy of the judgment on the Attorney General of the Federation, the Buhari administration has failed and/or refused to obey it.

“While many Nigerian workers and pensioners haven’t been paid by state governors for several months and struggle to make ends meet, former governors continue to collect double emoluments and enjoy opulent lifestyles.”

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