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LG Autonomy: Delta, Ogun, Osun absent as Supreme Court is set to deliver judgment

Three states including Delta, Ogun, Osun are currently absent as the Supreme Court is set tp deliver judgment in the suit filed by the Federal Government against the 36 state governors seeking full autonomy for the 774 local governments in the country.

During proceedings on Thursday, other states announced appearances through their respective Attorneys-Generals except the three states, who had no legal representation and did not send any notification to thee court

The seven-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Garba Lawal had reserved its judgment on the suit at the last proceedings on June 13.

When a date for judgement was decided, the apex court notified all parties in the suit through their respective representatives.

Lateef Fagbemi, the Attorney-General of the Federation and minister of Justice in a suit marked SC/CV/343/2024, prayed the apex Court for an order prohibiting state governors from unilaterally, arbitrarily, and unlawfully dissolving democratically elected local government leaders.

The AGF  also prayed the Supreme Court for an order permitting funds allocated to local governments be directly transferred from the federation account to the LGAs, as stipulated by the constitution, instead of being funded through allegedly unlawful joint accounts created by the governors.