It is now illegal for the former governors who have been elected as lawmakers of the federal republic of Nigeria to receive a pension while serving as lawmakers.
It was reported that the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi area of Lagos has asked the federal government to recover pensions and allowances received by former and serving governors.
Online reporters gathered that it was said that the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) disclosed the ”landmark judgment” in a tweet on Wednesday, December 3.
Nevertheless, the 2017 group sued the federal government over its “failure to stop former governors from receiving double pay and life pensions, it also sued the government for failing to seek the recovery of over “N40bn unduly received by the former governors” who are now serving lawmakers and ministers.
According to the report, SERAP named other individuals as beneficiaries of this policy, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Theodore Orji, Abdullahi Adamu, Sam Egwu, Shaaba Lafiagi, Joshua Dariye, Jonah Jang, Ahmed Sani Yarima, Danjuma Goje,
Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Adamu Aliero, George Akume, Biodun Olujimi, Enyinaya Harcourt Abaribe, Rotimi Amaechi, Kayode Fayemi, Chris Ngige, and Babatunde Fashola.
Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation was directed by the court to make an order to institute appropriate legal actions to challenge the legality of states’ laws permitting former governors, who are now lawmakers and ministers to enjoy governors’ emoluments while giving normal salaries and allowances in their new political offices.
The court was adjourned till February 3, 2020, for a report of compliance with the judgment by the federal government. The Zamfara state House of Assembly terminated the law that allowed the payment of pension and other allowances to former governors and deputies.
SERAP stated that it will not ease off until the judgment is fully enforced and all state governors destroy the life pension law.
Recently, SurgeZirc.com reported that Bello Muhammad Matawn their states.alle of Zamfara state alleged that his predecessor, Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, paid himself N360 million from the state’s pension funds while retirees were made to battle the consequences.