NIGERIA: Court Sacks CCB Chairman, Nine Members of Board

The Federal High Court in Abuja has sacked the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) Sam Saba and nine other members of the body’d board.

Justice Binta Nyako in a judgment Friday held that the five-year tenure of the CCB board expired in April 2015.
The judgment was based on a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/411/2016 filed by a group – Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International (KGRFI) led by Okere Nnamdi.
The presiding judge said based on section 155 (1) (c) and Paragraph 1, Part 1, Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), Saba and others, all of whom were appointed in 2010, were only entitled to stay in office for five years.
She then declined to issue an order compelling the President to remove and replace Saba and the nine other board members, as prayed by the plaintiff.
But she directed the AGF to advise the President on the state of the tenure of members of the CCB board.
Justice Nyako directed the AGF to give the President the needed advice on the issue.
The judge also rejected the plaintiff’s prayer for an order of mandamus directing the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission “to immediately arrest, investigate and prosecute the Chairman and nine other members of the CCB” for allegedly pertuating themselves in office fraudulently.

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