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Finally, Supreme Court endorses autonomy for LGAs, orders direct allocation of their funds

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Bars governors from receiving their funds.

In a landmark judgment on Thursday, the Supreme Court of Nigeria endorsed autonomy for the 774 local governments in the country to put to an end what has been described as the the gross abuse of their affairs by state governors.

The apex court barred the governors from receiving, tampering or withhold funds meant for the local governments.

In the lead judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Akomaye Agim, the Federation Account Allocation Committee was ordered to henceforth pay directly all monies standing to the credit of local government councils in the country directly to them.

The governors were also barred from henceforth dissolving democratically elected officials for local governments and that doing so would amount to a breach of the constitution.

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