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Court Declares Lagos Local Government Caretaker Committees illegal

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A Lagos​ High Court on Friday declared the appointment of caretaker committees of local government councils in Lagos illegal and unconstitutional and the government said it will appeal the ruling.

Justice Abdulfatai Lawal was delivering judgement in a suit filed by the National Conscience Party, via its lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa.

The judge ordered Lagos to conduct elections in all local governments within 30 days.

The court said no Nigerian governor is empowered by the constitution to take over the administration of local governments through sole administrators or caretaker committees.

“I call upon the Lagos State Government to immediately implement the judgment of the court by dismantling all the illegal structures of local government caretaker committees.

“I also call upon all state governments where the local governments are being manned by administrators to conduct elections immediately”, Lawal said.

The court also ruled that the Lagos State Local Government law which allows the appointment of caretaker committees, as illegal and unconstitutional.

The court rejected the argument of the State Electoral body that it was waiting for voters register from INEC since the same voters register and polling booths were used for the April, 2015 elections.

As expected, the State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, ​faulted the judgment in a statement and said Lagos  will file a Stay of Execution and Appeal against the verdict immediately.

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