Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, has sent a letter to Governor Seyi Makinde over the controversial caretaker committees.
In the letter, he stated clearly that dissolving elected local government councils is unconstitutional.
The letter was issued by the minister and addressed to Professor Oyewo Oyelowo, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Oyo State, with reference HAGF /OYO /2020 /Vol. I/I.
According to the letter which was titled “Unconstitutionality of dissolution of elected local government councils and appointment of caretaker committee: The urgent need for compliance with extant judicial decisions.”
Malami clarified that “In view of the decision of the Supreme Court on the matter that is binding on all 36 States of the Federation, the common practice by some state governors in dissolving elected local government councils is unconstitutional, null and void."
He therefore added that "any system of local government run by Caretaker Committees are outright illegal and unconstitutional."
In that respect, he ordered the immediate disablement of all caretaker committees and restore democratically elected representatives to man the local governments.
He requested that the commissioner takes positive steps to ensure compliance, adding that the president and other relevant agencies would advise on further compliance measures to be taken in national interest.
Meanwhile, Malami said that copies of the letter have been sent to the IGP, DSS, EFCC, and NFIU.
He further urged Makinde to reverse himself over the dissolution of local government administration in the state.