The High Court sitting in Keffi, Nasarawa State has nullified the appointment of Interim Management Committees (IMCs) in 11 local government councils of the State.
The court also ordered Governor Tanko Al-Makura to conduct elections of chairmen and councilors within 140 days.
In his ruling, the presiding judge, Justice S. A. Ayiwulu, nullified the 2016 amendment of the Nasarawa State Local Government Law 2009, as amended in 2011 by the state House of Assembly, which paved way for the state government to alter the substantive suit by reappointing the IMCs to run the affairs of LGAs in the state.
Our correspondent quoted the judge as saying “The law was made during the pendency of the substantive suit and is contrary to the interim order of this court.”
Former gubernatorial candidate of the Independent Democrats (ID), Barr. Haruna Iliyasu, had in April 2015, filed a suit against the state government, the state House of Assembly and the 11 IMC chairmen, challenging the “hurried amendment” of the LGA law and the legality of their composition.
Continuing, Justice Ayiwulu said, “It is hereby ordered that the Nasarawa State Local Government Amended Law 2016 made by the state assembly is accordingly struck down for being contrary to the provision of Section (7) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, and for being made contrary to the interim order of this court.
“All members of the interim management committee appointed by the state government and the house of assembly during the pendency of the substantive suit No NSD/K23/2016 are hereby perpetually restrained from parading themselves as such or in whatever name or guise.
“An order is hereby made mandating the state government to conduct election into the local governments in Nasarawa State within 140 days from the date of this judgment,” he said.