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EX Governor’s turn senators, ministers, to refund paid pensions- SERAP

EX Governor’s turn senators, ministers, to refund paid pensions- SERAP

Doris Ukaonu

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)  have confirmed a directive from a federal high court in Lagos demanding that the Federal Government recovers the pensions and allowances paid to former and serving ministers and senators that are ex-governors.

SERAP made the disclosure on December 4, via its Twitter handle saying;

“We’ve obtained a landmark judgment from the federal high court ordering @NigeriaGov to recover life pensions collected by Saraki, Akpabio, others & directing the AGF to challenge the legality of states’ pension laws permitting former governors to collect such pensions.” 

This news comes as a notable victory for SERAP, who in 2017, sued the Federal Government for encouraging the habit of former governors receiving double pay and life pensions.

Also, the body sued the Federal Government for its negligence in recovering N40bn unduly received by the former governors, who are now serving senators and ministers.

The politicians benefitting from this illegal policy include: Bukola Saraki, Godswill Akpabio, 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.

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Furthermore, Nigeria’s attorney-general, Abubakar Malami, was ordered by the Federal High Court to implement significant legal actions to dampen the efficacy of state laws permitting former governors, serving as senators and ministers to benefit emoluments while drawing normal salaries and allowances in their new political offices.

While awaiting a report of compliance by the federal government, the court adjourned further ruling till February 3, 2020.


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