Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court Ikoyi, Lagos State, on Wednesday ordered the Federal Government to recover all pensions paid to former state governors who are serving as senators or ministers.
The judge further instructed Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice, to challenge the legality of states pension laws allowing ex-governors to receive pensions.
Naija Buzz News recently reported how the ex-governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, in a leaked letter to the current governor, Bello Matawalle, demanded for his monthly allowance of N10million.
The huge sum of N10million every month to an ex-governor who served for only 8 years. The State House of Assembly had since nullified the law.
Ex-governors have decided to make the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria a retirement home. All former governor use their influence and power to secure a place in the senate. They receive payment from the senate and payment from their respective states.
The ruling came following an application by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).
The group following the ruling stated that the judge disagreed with Malami over his claim that already passed state laws cannot be challenged.
“The Attorney General has argued that the States’ laws duly passed cannot be challenged. With respect, I do not agree with this line of argument by the Attorney General that he cannot challenge the States’ pension laws for former governors,” Justice Oguntoyinbo reportedly said.
The ruling would affect many members of the senate and the federal cabinet.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.