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Lawyer drags Buhari, Baru to court over ‘unlawful’ NNPC appointments

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A constitutional lawyer, Johnmary Jideobi, has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari before the Federal High Court in Abuja, over his alleged approval of “unlawful” and “unconstitutional” appointments in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Recall that Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, had alleged in his leaked memo that the recent appointments done by the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, were without the approval of the corporation’s board as stipulated by law.

The appointments have also been the subject of much public controversy for their lopsidedness, overwhelmingly favouring the North.

The lawyer is praying the court to declare as unconstitutional, what he termed President Buhari’s unilateral approval of appointments or any form of re-organisation in the NNPC without input from, and consideration by the corporation’s board.

Other defendants in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/990/2017 are the GMD of the NNPC, Baru, the NNPC as an entity, and its Board of Directors.

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Specifically, the plaintiff, is praying the court to among other things, determine “Whether in view of section 2 subsection (1) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, as amended, read alongside Section 5(1) (a) of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, either of the 1st Defendant or the 4th Defendant (Baru and Buhari), is entitled in law to unilaterally make or approve appointments into any position within the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation [the 2nd Defendant herein] or any other form of reorganization in the 2nd Defendant, without the prior input, consideration and approval of the Board of Directors of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation [the 3rd Defendant herein] ?

“Whether the purported appointment made by the 1st Defendant [on the 29th day of August, 2017] into various positions within the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporations and the purported approval of same by the 4th Defendant, without the prior input, consideration and approval of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, [the 3rd Defendant herein] is not unlawful and therefore liable to be set aside?

“Whether in view of Section 13 of African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights [Ratification and Enforcement] Act Cap 10, Laws of the Federation (LFN), 1990, the Plaintiff herein is clothed with the requisite locus standi to prosecute this claim? Against the background of the answers that may be given to the above questions of law the plaintiff claims the following reliefs from this Honourable Court”.

Upon determination of the questions, the plaintiff asked the court for “A declaration that it is patently unconstitutional for the 4th Defendant to unilaterally approve of any appointments in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation or any other form of reorganization therein without the prior input, consideration and approval of the Board of Directors the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as envisaged by the law establishing the 2nd Defendant.

“A solemn declaration of this honourable court that it is unlawful and therefore invalid for the 1st Defendant to unilaterally make appointments into any position(s) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation [the 2nd Defendant herein] without the prior input, consideration and approval of the Board of Directors of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as envisaged by the law establishing the 2nd Defendant.

“An order of this honourable court nullifying and setting aside the purported appointment unilaterally made by the 1st Defendant [on the 29th day of August, 2017 as shown by exhibit “NNPC1” into various positions in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation [the 2nd Defendant herein] without the prior input, consideration and approval of the Board of the 2nd Defendant.

“An order nullifying and setting aside the purported approval of the 4th Defendant for the appointments unilaterally made by the 1st Defendant into various positions within the 2nd Defendant [on the 29th day of August, 2017 as shown by exhibit ‘NNPC’, without the prior input, consideration and approval of the Board of the 2nd Defendant, the said approval being unconstitutional.

“An order of perpetual injunction restraining both the 1st Defendant and 4th Defendant from further making any other appointment(s) by whatever name called into any position or office in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation [the 2nd Defendant herein] or effecting any other form of reorganization of the 2nd Defendant or approving of same without the prior input, consideration and approval of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as required by the law setting up the 2nd Defendant”.

No date has been fixed for hearing of the matter.

 

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