The approval of $1 billion withdrawal from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to finance the battle to contain the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria is drawing reactions more and more. 

This time, it has brought a Christmas gift in form of a law suit for Governors and some other government officials.

Chairmen of the 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Ekiti state have taken to court the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, and governors of the 36 states for approving the withdrawal of $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account for the fight against insurgency.

The LGA bosses filed a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1264/17 through their lawyer Ola Olanipekun before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday.

They want the court to give an order of injunction stopping the Federal Government, 36 state governors and/or their agents from effecting “the appropriation and/or approval of appropriation of the sum of $1 billion from the ECA of the Federation.”

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According to the LGA chairmen, the $1 billion being challenged was the decision made at the National Economic Council on December 15, 2017.

They maintained that the approval was invalid unless it was by means of statutory allocation by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

The LGA chairmen and the plaintiffs, who instituted the suit, are Deji Ogunsakin (Ado LGA); Bola Alonge (Ikere LGA); Lanrewaju Omolase (Ekiti South-West LGA); Dapo Olagunju (Irepodun/Ifelodun LGA); Samuel Adeniyi (Ekiti East LGA); Olumide Falade (Ise/Orun LGA); Sade Akinrinmola (Gbonyin LGA); Tayo Ogundare (Oye LGA); and Chief Ayodeji Arogbodo (Ido/Osi LGA).

Others are Taiwo Oguntuase (Emure LGA); Kolawole Omotunde (Ekiti West LGA); Bolaji Jeje (Efon LGA); Adesola Adeyanju (Ikole LGA); Ganiyu Bakare (Ilejemele LGA); Adeniyi Adebayo (Moba LGA) and Abiodun Dada (Ijero LGA).

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