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Court declares appointment of service chiefs illegal

02 July 2013, 12:31

Abuja -  Abuja - A Federal High Court in Abuja has nullified the appointments of the Nigerian security chiefs after it emerged they were unconstitutional.

Justice Adamu Belo dismissed the appointments by President Goodluck Jonathan and his predecessor saying they were done without the consent of the Senate.

Bello, while delivering the judgment, frowned at the breach of the 1999 Constitution and also issued a separate order restraining “the President from further appointing service chiefs without first obtaining the confirmation of the National Assembly.”

He was delivering judgment on a five-year-old suit instituted by Festus Keyamo, a Lagos lawyer.

Keyamo had dragged the administration of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua before the Abuja Federal High Court for failing to get the consent of the Senate before appointing the service chiefs.

He had argued that the practice of sidestepping the constitutional requirement of getting the consent of the National Assembly in the appointment of service chiefs was unconstitutional.

The suit, which specifically faulted the practice, was however not regime specific and time bound. By implication all such appointments made before now without the confirmation of the National Assembly were affected by the verdict of the court on Monday.

- CAJ News


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