LG autonomy: S’court gives states governments 7 day to file defense

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The Supreme Court has ordered the 36 state governors of the federation to, within seven days, file their respective defenses to a suit filed by the federal government
Seeking for full autonomy for the 774 local government areas (LGAs) in the country.

The apex court also ordered the attorney-general of the federation (AGF).

Also, minister of justice that upon receipt of the governors’ defenses, he must file his reply within two days.

Justice Garba Lawal issued the order while ruling on an application for an abridgement of time argued by the AGF, Prince Lateef Fagbemi.

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 36 states of the federation.

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.