COVID-19: Stakeholders Sue Ayade, Speaker, HOLGAs, Others To Court Over N900m LG Funds


BY:VITALIS UGOH,   Calabar


A group of Concerned Cross Riverians have raised alarm over attempt by  the state government and its machineries to withdraw N50 million each from the 18 Local givernment areas through the State/LG Joint Account.

As a result, the stakeholders have dragged the governor Senator Ben Ayade,  Speaker and others to court to stop the process. 

It would be recalled that governor Ayade had requested  the State’s House of Assembly approval for the request in its emergency plenary of 9th April, 2020.

The request positioned the State Government on the side of raising the sum of N900 million that is 50 million from the 18 local government areas as funds to tackle the Coronavirus in the state.

The group is made up of well spirited Cross Riverians such as Barr. Efa Oka, Chief Ifere Edet, Amstrong Iwara, Thomas Ikpi, Andem Archibong, Justin Ikwen and Ogbe Ebam decided to go to court to challenge the proposed funds. 

Consequently the group on behalf offiled of over 20,000 young progressives of Cross Riverians filed a suit in a Federal High Court holden at Abuja with suit number: FHC/ABJ/SC/447/2020 to stop the State Government from proceeding with the withdrawals of the said N900m.

Aside the State Government and its machineries, other defendants in the suit are Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), ICPC, EFCC & all the Heads of Local Government Administration (HOLGAs) of the 18 LGAs.

Ruling on the motion experte by the Applicants and dated 14/4/2020, the Presiding Judge, His Lordship, Hon. Justice O. E. Abang J. advised the State Government and its machineries to suspend any action on the matter raised by the Applicants pending its determination by the court.

The court later adjourned to 30th April, 2020 for hearing.

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