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SERAP sues Tinubu over failure to stop Wike, Umahi, others from collecting retirement benefits 

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against President Bola Tinubu over “the failure to stop the former governors who are now serving as ministers in his administration from collecting life pensions and other ‘retirement benefits’ from their states while they serve as ministers. 

This is coming barely 4 weeks after the advocacy group threatened to sue the president if he does not publicly instruct the former governors who are now ministers in his administration to stop collecting life pensions, exotic cars and other allowances from their states. 

The ministers mentioned in the suit are Badaru Abubakar; Nyesom Wike; Bello Matawalle; Adegboyega Oyetola; and David Umahi. Others are: Simon Lalong; Atiku Bagudu; and Ibrahim Geidam. 

SERAP said, “The ministers are to be joined in the suit as Defendants.” 

The suit filed on behalf of SERAP by its lawyers, Kolawole Oluwadare and Andrew Nwankwo, read in part: “The appointment of former governors who collect life pensions while serving as ministers is implicitly forbidden by the Nigerian Constitution 1999 [as amended] and the country’s international legal obligations. 

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit. 

 

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