A civil society group, Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEADAP yesterday asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to stop the Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa, from further paying various allowances not approved by the Revenue Mobilisation and Allocation Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, to members of the National Assembly.
In the suit, FHC/ABJ/CS/556, filed on June 26, 2015, the plaintiff also asked the court to declare as illegal the allocation of N8.6billion by Maikasuwa, as “aggregate sum for the payment of wardrobe allowance” to the legislators.
These are part of the six prayers contained in the plaintiff’s originating summons in which the Clerk of the National Assembly was sued as the only defendant.
Counsel to the plaintiff, Mr. Chino Obagwu, argued that such allowances which were in excess of the RMAFC’s prescription, contravened Part B paragraph 32(d) of the Third Schedule and sections 13, 14(2)(b) and 16(2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
LEDAP also wants the court to declare as illegal the appropriation of funds as payments for the legislators’ “constituency project allowance, recess allowance’, oversight allowance, committee sitting allowance, furniture allowance, vehicle allowance or any other allowances”.
It seeks an order of injunction restraining the defendant (the Clerk) from paying any salary, allowance, or emolument to any member of the National Assembly “in excess of the amount or outside the items stipulated by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission.”


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