ASUU Strike: Student files suit to stop salaries of public office holders

A university student, Soohemba Aker, has prayed the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court for an order of interlocutory injunction suspending the activities of Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).

Ms Aker, a final year Law student of Benue State University, Makurdi, also sought same order suspending the operation of Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), including payment of the monthly allocation funds to 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th and 10th respondents pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

RMAFC is responsible for advising federal and state governments on fiscal efficiency and methods by which their revenue can be increased and determines remuneration packages of political office holders.

FAAC ensures that resources are distributed among the beneficiaries of the Federation Account in accordance with constitutional provisions and uphold the interpretations by the Supreme Court on areas requiring such clarification.

The Senate President, House of Representatives Speaker and Governor of Abia (also sued in his own official capacity and in representative capacity for all the other governors of the 36 states of the federation) are 3rd to 5th respondents respectively.

The Attorney-General of Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, the Attorney General of Abia (also sued in representative capacity for all the other Attorney Generals of the 36 states of the federation); the Vice Chancellor(VC) of the University of Abuja (also sued in representative capacity for all the other vice chancellors and the members of the Senate of both federal and state universities currently participating in the ongoing ASUU Strike) are 8th to 10th respondents respectively.

The student, in a fundamental rights enforcement suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1684/2022 and filed by her lawyer, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, SAN, had, in addition, sued the Federal Government, Registered Trustees of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as 1st and 2nd respondents.

She also sued RMAFC, FAAC and Umar Faruk (President, National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS) as 6th, 7th and 11th respondents respectively.

The applicant, who said she is currently affected by the ongoing strike, filed the action for herself on behalf of all students of public tertiary institutions currently affected by the nationwide ASUU strike.

The case was filed pursuant to Sections 46(1), (2) and (3) of the 1999 Constitution and Article 17(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Chapter A9 (Charter 10 LFN 1990) No. 2 of 1983.

In the application, Ms Aker prayed the court for an order stopping the payment of salaries, allowances and other benefits of all political office holders at the Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, including the chief of staff to the president, all Senate and House of Representatives members.


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