An advocacy group SERAP has announced that a court has upheld its right to take steps to stop ex-governors, who are now senators and ministers, from further collecting life pension from their states.

It said the Federal High Court in Lagos, on Friday, gave it the right to proceed against the concerned former governors.

SERAP said in a statement on Sunday that Justice Mojisola Olatoregun delivered the ruling.

It said the Judge held that SERAP had sufficient interest in the case to confer it with locus standi to pursue the case and it could, therefore, not be described as a meddlesome interloper.

The rights group had filed the suit in 2017, seeking an order of mandamus to compel the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to file a suit for the recovery of about N40bn from the affected former governors.

The governors are: “According to information at our disposal, those who reportedly receive double emoluments and large severance benefits from their states include: Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano); Kabiru Gaya (Kano); Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Theodore Orji (Abia); Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa); Sam Egwu (Ebonyi); Shaaba Lafiagi (Kwara); Joshua Dariye (Plateau), and Jonah Jang (Plateau). Others include: Ahmed Sani Yerima (Zamfara); Danjuma Goje (Gombe); Bukar Abba Ibrahim (Yobe); Adamu Aliero (Kebbi); George Akume (Benue); and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers).”