The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a contempt suit against the Federal Government “for failing to recover over N40 billion double pay and life pensions from former governors who are serving as lawmakers and ministers.”
SERAP disclosed this in a statement on Sunday by its deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, recalling how Justice Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court, Lagos ordered the Federal Government in November 2019 to “recover life pensions collected by former governors serving as ministers and members of the National Assembly.”
Justice Oguntoyinbo also directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami to “challenge the legality of states’ life pension laws permitting former governors and other ex-public officials to collect such pensions.”
The rights group regretted that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to implement the judgment. Justice Oguntoyinbo who retired from the bench last month, expressed “regret” during a valedictory court session held in her honour that the judgment has not been implemented.