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Emefiele, AGF In Trouble as Govs Vow Contempt of Court Charges Over Old Naira

The state governments threatened to file contempt charges against the two top officials on Tuesday if they did not comply with the Supreme Court’s order that the old N1,000, N500, and N200 notes be used alongside the new notes until December 31, 2023.

The AGF and the CBN have remained silent on the verdict for more than a week after the court issued the order. Their silence has given Nigerians and businesses the confidence to refuse the old notes as legal tender.

The enrolled order and Certified True Copy of the Supreme Court judgement ordering the use of old notes as legal tender for 10 months were served on the Federal Government on Friday.

The counsel for Kaduna, Kogi and Zamfara states, which dragged the Federal Government before the Supreme Court on the matter, Abdulhakeem Mustapha (SAN), disclosed that Malami was served with the enrolled order and the CTC of the judgment on Friday afternoon, adding that he expected immediate compliance with the judgment as the non-service of the documents had given the government and the CBN an escape route.

Mustapha said, “The Attorney-General of the Federation has been served now and we will take it up from there; if there is no compliance now, we will commence committal proceedings against the attorney-general and the CBN governor.”

But giving an update on the move to enforce compliance with the order of the apex court on Sunday, the Zamfara State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Junaidu Aminu, revealed that since the Federal Government had refused to implement the judgment, the plaintiffs in the suit would approach the court again to ensure compliance with the court’s order.
Aminu said that the states would file contempt charges against the Federal Government on Tuesday.

He said, “We have just served the Attorney General of the Federation with the Certified True Copy of the Enrolled Order of the Supreme Court last Friday. We are waiting for them to respect the court’s decision on the naira notes and comply with the decision. If they fail to comply on Monday, we are filing our case on Tuesday.’’

The AG insisted that Emefiele must address Nigerians on the naira notes issued on or before Monday (today), noting that “that is what Nigerians are waiting for.”

“If he fails to do so, we will go back to court again to sue him and the Federal Government on contempt charges,’’ he warned.

The Zamfara State justice commissioner explained that it was the duty of the AGF to direct the CBN governor to implement the court’s verdict on the naira notes.

Aminu further said, “The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, is the one who should direct the CBN to comply with the Supreme Court’s verdict and allow the old naira notes to remain legal tender until December 31.”

Other Attorney generals that confirmed their states would be joining the suit include Ekiti State, Cross Rivers, Kogi, Rivers and Ondo State.
They all agreed to take steps to ensure compliance.



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