Nigeria’s apex court has declared the Executive Order 10 (EO10) issued by President Muhammadu Buhari on the funding of State Judiciary and Legislature as unlawful and unconstitutional.
The Supreme court judgment on Friday was on the suit filed by the 36 States against the FG on the funding of the Judiciary and the constitutionality of the EO10.
In a split judgment, majority of the court’s seven-member panel held that the President exceeded his constitutional powers in issuing the EO10.
Six out of the seven members of the panel voided and set aside the EO10 on account that it was not the responsibility of the government to fund the Capital and recurrent expenditures of the superior courts created for States under Section six of the Constitution.
All the seven members held that the States were not entitled to be refunded all they have spent before now to maintain those courts.
The court verdict has sparked jubilation among Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).
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