Lottery regulation:  Lagos, Ekiti Supreme Court suit against FG for hearing March 13 

The Supreme Court has fixed March 13, 2024 to hear a suit filed in 2008, by the Attorney General of Lagos state against the Federal Government.

A 7-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, fixed the date at a resumed sitting, Monday. 

The suit borders on who controls and regulates the gaming and lottery sector. 

Ekiti state was joined as co-plaintiff in the suit following an order of the court made on October 6, 2020.

While the Attorney General of the Federation is the 1st Defendant in the suit, the National Assembly is 2nd Defendant.

The Attorneys General of 34 other states, were joined as defendants by the Supreme Court on November 15, 2022.

Bode Olanipekun SAN, announced appearance for Lagos state government while Adetunji Osho appeared for Ekiti state.

The federal government (1st defendant) was represented by Innocent Daa’gba, while Ifeanyi Mrialike represented the National Assembly. 

The Attorneys General of the 33 states were duly represented and they announced appearances. 

However, there was no legal representation for Kwara state despite being served with hearing notice.

The Supreme Court ordered Jigawa and Kaduna state governments to put their houses in order by resolving the issue of legal representation before the next hearing date. 

Meanwhile, the apex court panel unanimously deemed all the processes filed out of time by the defendants as duly and properly filed, having been regularised.

The application by the Attorney General of Oyo state to join as co- plaintiff haven been withdrawn, was struck out by the panel. 

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