The 36 States of the Federation, on Monday, petitioned the Federal Government (FG) before the Supreme Court, seeking an order to quash the executive order signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in May.
The executive order no.00-10 signed May 20, 2020 transferred the FGs responsibility of funding the capital and recurrent expenditures of State High Courts, Sharia Courts and Customary Courts of Appeal to state governments.
According to the states, the order is a clear violation of sections 6 and 8(3) of the 1999 constitution, which mandates the federal government to fund the State High Courts, Sharia Courts and Customary Courts of Appeal.
Aside seeking for the order to be quashed by the Supreme Court, the 36 states also want the apex court to mandate the FG to refund the monies used in executing the capital projects in the listed courts, claiming states have been funding such projects since 2009.
A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Augustine Alegeh led the team of nine Senior Advocates of Nigeria that filed the suit on behalf of the states, with the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, listed as the sole respondent.