Court renders verdict and declares illegal the deduction of FG from the account of the Federation to fund the police
- The court has issued its judgment regarding the funding of the Nigerian police from the federation account
- According to the Federal High Court in Abuja, deductions by the Federal Government to fund the NPF on the account are not legal
- Based on its verdict, the court therefore ordered the FG to refund all the money deducted from the federation account belonging to the Rivers State government.
Abuja– On Wednesday, January 26, a Federal High Court in Abuja ruled that the direct withdrawal of funds from the federation’s account to fund the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) is illegal.
In a judgment delivered by Ahmed Mohammed, the presiding judge held that the provisions of section 4(1)(a)(b) of the Police Trust Fund Act 2019, requiring the deduction of 0.05% of any funds out of the federation account and 0.005% of the net profit of companies operating in Nigeria to fund the police are unconstitutional, reports The Cable.
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Channels TV added that he had spoken in a judgment in a lawsuit brought by the Rivers State government against the Federation Attorney General and the Attorney General; the Federation’s Accountant General; the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Taxation Commission and the Federal Ministry of Finance, May 20, 2020.
The court’s decision
Therefore, the judge ordered the federal government to refund all the money deducted from the federation account belonging to the Rivers State government.
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Final court verdict
The court ruled in favor of the state.
However, the judge said Rivers State would be the sole beneficiary of the deduction refund and not the remaining 35 states.
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