FG can withhold allocations of states flouting legislature, judiciary autonomy-Attorney-General of the Federation

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), said on Thursday that the Executive Order 10 newly issued by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, was to ensure compliance with constitutional provisions guaranteeing the financial autonomy of the state legislature and judiciary.

The minister said with the Executive Order, the Federal Government could through the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation withhold the allocations of any state that fails to honour the autonomy of the two other arms of the state government.

The Special Assistant to the AGF on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umar Gwandu, said in a statement that the minister spoke in Abuja on Thursday.

The new Executive Order was issued to the provision of section 121(3) of the constitution which guarantees the financial autonomy of the two arms of government at the state level.

It empowers the Accountant-General of the Federation to, in the event of any state’s failure to release the allocation due to its judiciary or legislature, deduct such allocation from the state’s funds in the Federation Account and pay it directly to any of the state’s arm of government deprived of its allocation.

Malami noted that the Executive Order 10 was aimed at ensuring constitutional compliance, complementing existing legislations, ensuring and enhancing operation, enforcement and application of legal provisions as well as providing necessary supervision required for enforcement.

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