BREAKING: Supreme Court Takes Action on FG’s Suit Against 36 Governors Over LG Autonomy

BREAKING: Supreme Court Takes Action on FG’s Suit Against 36 Governors Over LG Autonomy

  • The supreme court on Thursday, June 13, reserved its judgement in the suit filed by the federal government, seeking the autonomy of local government councils in Nigeria
  • A seven-member panel of the apex court led by Justice Garba Lawal made the announcement
  • This was after lawyers to the parties adopted their written addresses for and against the FG’s suit journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering public journalism in Nigeria.

FCT, Abuja - The supreme court, Abuja, on Thursday, June 13, reserved judgement in the suit seeking full autonomy for Nigeria’s 774 local government areas (LGAs).

As reported by Vanguard newspaper, a seven-man panel of the court, led by Justice Garba Lawal, okayed the matter for judgement after governors of the 36 states of Nigeria, through their respective attorney-generals and counsels, adopted their briefs of arguement. They asked the court to dismiss the suit marked SC/CV/343/2024.

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Supreme court reserves judgement in FG's suit on LG autonomy
The supreme court has reserved judgement in the suit filed by the Nigerian government against governors of the federation seeking full autonomy for the 774 LGAs
Source: Original reports that apart from demanding full autonomy of the LGAs, the federal government is also asking for an order preventing the governors from arbitrarily dissolving democratically elected councils.

The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) also noted this development.

LGs' autonomy: Soludo speaks

Meanwhile, Anambra state governor, Chukwuma Soludo, has kicked against granting autonomy to local government councils in Nigeria.

He said any form of autonomy for local government areas in the country is against the tenets of true federalism.

According to the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, each state must have the power to design the kind of local government system that they want.

Tinubu hints at why he dragged governors to court

Earlier, reported that President Bola Tinubu hinted at why his administration is dragging the 36 governors in Nigeria to court while lamenting the neglect of the local government areas.

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The president appealed to the state governments to prioritise the needs of local communities by ensuring accountability and effectiveness in the administration of council areas.

A statement by the presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, said Tinubu spoke at a meeting with the leadership of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) at the presidential villa, Abuja.


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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at