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Lagos LCDAs: COSEG drags FG to court

By Olasunkanmi Akoni
The Coalition of Oodua Self Determination Groups (COSEG) has dragged the Federal Government, Attorney General and the National Assembly to a Federal High Court in Lagos over the creation 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Lagos State.

The matter which was filed on behalf of the group, by their counsel Barrister Ehile Manasseh is seeking among other things an order of perpetual injunction restraining the first and second respondents, whether by themselves, agents, assigns and representatives from forcefully sealing off, tampering or affecting the status of the 37 LCDAs of Lagos State.

An order compelling or mandating the third and seventh respondents to perform their constitutional duties in respect of the recognition and status of 37LCDAs of Lagos State in accordance with the provisions of Section 8(5) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,1999.

Also seeking a determination of the question considering the decision to Attorney General of Lagos State V. Attorney General of the Federation reported in (2004) 18, N. W. R (part 904), regarding the status of 37 LCDAs created by “The creation of new local government areas (amendment) Laws, 2004 of Lagos State, whether or not the first and second defendants can seal up or tamper with 37 LCDAs.

A determination of the question whether or not the third and seventh defendants can fail or refuse or neglect to perform the constitutional duties imposed on them by section 8 (5) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 in withholding recognition for the 37 LCDAs.

In the application supported by a 16 paragraphed affidavit by the group, submitted that the National Assembly has neglected to perform its constitutional duties by making consequential orders in recognition of the 37 LCDAs (section 8(5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

It applicants therefore prayed the court not to overreach the defendants and that the defendants suffer nothing if the application is granted.


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