Court to Fed Govt: recover pension from ex-governors

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…Judge orders AGF to compel ex-governors serving as ministers, senators to refund pension cash

Ex-governors serving as ministers and senators but still being paid pension must refund the money, a court has ruled.

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The judge ordered the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami “to identify those involved and seek full recovery of public funds from the former governors”.

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo also ruled that the AGF should report compliance with the judgment on February 3, 2020.

These are the highlights of the Federal High Court judgment in the suit seeking an Order of Mandamus compelling the AGF to recover the pension paid to former governors.

The suit was filed by the Social-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) in 2017, seeking the stoppage of the benefits.

According to details of the judgment delivered last week, but made available yesterday by SERAP, many states have pension laws which take care of former chief executives with generous post-office package.

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