BREAKING: Court orders FG to refund Rivers State monies

Rivers Gov. Nyesom Wike

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday ordered the federal government to refund Rivers state its share of the monies deducted from the Federation Account to fund the Nigeria Police Trust Fund.

The presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed gave the judgement in a suit filed in 2020 by the Attorney General of Rivers State, against the Attorney General of the Federation, Accountant General of the Federation, Minister of Finance and one other.

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Recalls that Rivers State government had in 2020 urged the court to declare that funds in the federation account “can only be distributed among the Federal Government, state governments and local government councils in each state of Nigeria and not directly to any agency of the Federal Government including the Nigeria Police Force.”

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It also asked the court to declare that “permitting the direct deduction of any sum or percentage of revenue accruing to the Federation Account or which ought to have been paid into the Federation Account for the purpose of providing funds for the Nigeria Police Trust Fund” is unconstitutional.

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