Malami: how Fed Govt will comply with verdict on ex-governors’ pension

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MINISTER of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami said on Thursday that public interest will guide Federal Government’s compliance with the court’s decision ordering it to recover funds paid to some ex-governors while serving as senators or ministers.

According to a statement, Malami said: “We will work and be guided by the legalities of the case, the dictates of justice and public interest in complying with the judgment.”

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The statement was signed by the minister’s spokesman Umar Gwandu,

A Federal High Court in Lagos ordered the Federal Government to “recover pensions collected by former governors now serving as ministers and members of the National Assembly.

The judgment by Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, also directed the AGF to challenge the legality of states’ pension laws, “permitting former governors and other ex-public officials to collect such pensions.”

He ordered the AGF to return to court in February 2020 with evidence of compliance with the ruling.

The judgment was an application for an order of mandamus by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).

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