Skip to main content

Court Sacks Caretakers in all Local Govt in Lagos




Justice Abdulfatal Lawal of a Lagos State High Court, on Friday, nullified the appointment of caretaker committees over the administration of local government councils in the state, declaring it as illegal and unconstitutional.

The judge held that no governor is empowered by the constitution to take over the administration of local governments through sole administrators or caretaker committees.

The court ruled that the system of local government could only be managed by democratically elected people and if the state House of Assembly should make any law validating sole administrators for local government, such law will be invalid and unconstitutional.

The court also held that the Lagos State Local Government Law, which allows for the appointment of caretaker committees, is illegal and unconstitutional.

The court rejected the excuse of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) that it was waiting for voter register from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since the same voter register and polling booths were used for the March and April elections.

Consequently, Justice Lawal directed LASIEC to conduct elections in all local governments within 30 days.

It would be recalled that the National Conscience Party had instituted the case in January 2014, to challenge the appointment of caretaker committees to run the affairs of local government councils in Lagos State and sought an order of mandamus to direct the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission to conduct elections.

Comments