- Two Nigerian lawyers have asked the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to determine the legal justification of what is earned by members of the National Assembly
- The lawyers, Monday Ubani and John Nwokwu, joined the attorney general of the federation, the National Assembly Service, amongst others, in the suit
- The legal practitioners also want the court to declare that the RMAFC is the only body responsible for determining the what political office holders earn
The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has been asked by two Nigerian lawyers, Monday Ubani and John Nwokwu, to determine whether the huge salaries, allowances and remunerations being collected by the National Assembly members are justifiable.
The attorney general of the federation, Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), the Senate, the House of Representatives and the National Assembly Service Commission, were joined as defendants in the suit, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com notes that the lawyers are asking the court whether by relevant sections of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the National Assembly members have the power to fix their salaries, wages, remuneration or allowance.
The legal practitioners want the court to determine whether the allocation of constituency projects and funds to the tune of N200 million to members of the National assembly is not illegal and unconstitutional. They also want the court to declare that the RMAFC is the only body responsible for determining the what political office holders earn.
The two lawyers are also asking the court for perpetual injunction restraining the National Assembly whether by themselves, officers, agents, privies, servants or through any person or persons howsoever from further receiving the sum of N13.5 million monthly allowances or running cost or whatever sum as a running cost and N200 million as annual constituency project.
Ubani, who is the second national vice president of the Nigerian Bar Association, and Nwokwu, are also asking the court to make an order that the each member of the National Assembly should refund the sum of N13.5 million and N10 million respectively collected as running cost since 2015 till date to the federation account within 14 days of delivery of judgment in the suit.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Senate's spokesperson, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, accused Nigerians of mischief for questioning federal lawmakers' monthly running cost.
The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), on Wednesday, March 28, put the total monthly entitlement of each senator; including salary and allowances, at N1,063,860.
The commission also said the N13.5 million each senator received monthly was alien to law.
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