Lagos - Human rights lawyer Femi Falana has described the new fuel price of N145 announced by the federal government as illegal, Nation reports.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday and titled, “The illegality, immorality and insensitivity of fuel price increase ý”, the lawyer justified his view that the increase was illegal.
Falana cited the case of Bamidele Aturu versus Attorney-General of the Federation (unreported suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/591/2009) where the Federal High Court declared illegal and unconstitutional the policy decision of the Federal Government to deregulate the downstream sector of the petroleum industry, contrary to the combined effect of the provisions of the Price Control Act and the Petroleum Act.
Also read: Nigerians react to new N145 fuel price
He said despite the said order of the federal high court, the Federal Government went ahead to deregulate downstream sector of the petroleum industry.
Falana recalled that barely a month ago, Dr. Kachikwu had announced that fuel subsidy had been removed through his ingenuity and that while celebrating the “success” recorded by him in the management of the petroleum industry, he disclosed that “Nigeria was saving $1 billion in subsidy removal and $1 billion in fuel importation”.
- News 24