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Oshiomhole accuses FG of illegal deductions from federation account

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has accused the Federal Government of making illegal deductions from the federation account which, he said, has led to the pauperisation of states.

He said the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) should speak up against the alleged many illegalities being perpetrated by the Federal Government if democracy must grow in the country.

Speaking while playing host to Augustine Alegeh (SAN), president of the NBA in Government House, Benin City, weekend, Oshiomhole said the Nigerian bar must find time to speak out not only on rule of law but also on political issues without necessarily being partisan.

Oshiomhole said, “I like to comment on your advice to the obedience of court orders. Even on this, I ask you to confront the issues frontally.

“There is a Supreme Court judgment about the status of crude accounts. That account is illegal having regards to sections of the constitution. The judgment of the Supreme Court was clear; you can’t keep a part of the federation account.

“Crude oil excess is unknown and even the concept of excess is dubious. How can you have excess at a time you are borrowing? That pronouncement is there and I want to hear the voice of the Bar on that issue and you can compel the Federal Government to obey the Supreme Court. When you do that you can come back to us and ask us to do our part”, he said.