PSAN drags FG to court over constitutionality of the Cybercrimes Fund

The Progressive Shareholders Association of Nigeria, PSAN, has dragged the Federal Government before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, challenging the constitutionality of the Cybercrimes Fund.

Other defendants in the suit are the National Assembly, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Accountant General of the Federation, Office of National Security Adviser.

PSAN and Boniface Okozie, plaintiffs in the suit, are challenging the Cybercrimes Fund on the grounds that:

*The National Assembly enacted the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Amendment Act 2024 to bypass the constitutional provision regarding public revenues, which are to be remitted into the Federation Account and appropriated in line with the Constitution.

*The Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act 2024, in section 44(2)(a), mandates a levy of 0.5% of electronic transactions of all bank customers to be deducted by commercial banks and payment services banks and remitted to the National Cybercrimes Fund domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria, to be administered by the Office of the National Security Adviser.

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*That Section 162 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) provides for the collection and domiciliation of public revenue into the Federation Account and its appropriation as prescribed by the Constitution. Section 59(1) of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended) requires approval from the National Assembly for all expenditure of public revenues, to be included in the annual Appropriation Bill.

*That by Sections 59 and 162 of the Constitution, all expenditure on public revenues, must be included in the annual Appropriation Bill laid by the President and approved by the National Assembly.

*That any laws made by the National Assembly that creates revenues, and prescribes their administration, disbursement, and direct their spending and bypassing the requirement of legislative approval, are null and void.

No hearing date has been fixed for the case.

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