A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday fixed February 15, 2022, for a hearing of the suit by 36 states governors seeking to stop deductions of $418m Paris Club refund debt.
Justice Inyang Ekwo directed lawyers to serve and exchange their papers on the matter before the date.
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The 36 state governors, through their counsel, Sunday Ibrahim Ameh, are asking the court to stop the deduction of their $418m from their accounts.
The court had earlier refused to grant a request for an injunctive order restraining the federal government from proceeding with the deductions.
The governors are saying they are not parties to a suit in which judgment approved the deduction of the $418m for payment of contractors and consultants in the Paris Club refunds.
But the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation had said the refunds were part of judgments delivered at various times in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019; while two of the judgments were consent judgments based on terms of settlement entered into by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum in 2017 and 2019.