Sen Melaye asks court to stop release of council funds to Kogi

The crisis of confidence between Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello and Senator Dino Melaye has taken a new dimension following a fresh suit by Melaye asking for a court order to stop the release of statutory allocations to the state’s 21 local governments.

Melaye is praying the Federal High Court, Lokoja to restrain the Minister of Finance, the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) from remitting the funds meant for the local governments until election is conducted into the councils.

He said he is interested in being a councillor in Ijumu Local Government Area and the refusal of the state government to conduct election into the councils was affecting his ambition.

He added that the absence of democratically-elected officers at the local government level has made the state government spend and dissipate the funds meant for the 21 councils.

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