Police Trust Fund: Court Stops Deductions, Orders Refund To Rivers Govt.

The Federal High Court in Abuja, has order the Federal Government to stop using the funds in the Federation’s account to fund the Nigerian Police and every other Agency or body not listed in the Nigerian constitution.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court on Wednesday declared the deductions as unconstitutional and ordered that all monies deducted from the Federation Account belonging to Rivers State be refunded to the State.

He said this in a judgement on a suit filed by the Rivers State Government against the Attorney of the Federation, the Minister of Justice, the Accountant General of the Federation, the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, and Federal Ministry of Finance.

The Government of Rivers State had through its Attorney General approached the court where it asked for an injunction in the government’s deduction of funds from the Federation’s account in funding the Nigerian Police Trust Fund saying that it was not the responsibility of the state government to fund the police.

Delivering judgement, Justice Mohammed agreed with the Rivers State Government that following Section 162 (3) of the Nigerian Constitution, funds standing to the credit of the Federation’s account can only be distributed among the Federal Government and Local Government Councils in each State of Nigeria and not directly to any agency of the Federal government including the Police Force.

Consequently, the Court declared the section of the law “permitting the direct deduction of any sum or percentage of revenue accruing to the Federation Account or which ought to have been paid into the Federation Account for the purpose of providing funds for the Nigerian Police Trust Fund” as “unconstitutional”, “null and void” thereby making Rivers State the only state to benefit from and not all 35 States.

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