Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Buhari Dragged To Court Over FIRS, AMCON Appointments

An Abuja based lawyer, Mr. Maduakolam Igwe has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari to a federal high court in Abuja over his appointments of the chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the managing director of the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON).

The lawyer, according to Vanguard, lodged the suit on Monday, September 28. He is praying that the court nullify the appointments of Mr. Babatunde William Fowler as the chairman of the FIRS and Ahmed Lawan Kuru as the managing director of AMCON because they were not screened and approved by the Senate thus making their appointments illegal.

Igwe also asked the court to nullify the appointments of three directors, Kola Ayeye, Ebeerechukwu Uneze and Aminu Ismail who were also appointed under the administration of President Buhari. The lawyer also listed as defendant the Attorney-General of the Federation.

Igwe wants the court to declare that the appointed CEOs cannot perform their duties in their offices without the confirmation of the Senate.

In the affidavit submitted to support the suit, the lawyer said: “That I know as a fact that the defendants appointments is subjected to the confirmation of the senate before they can assume duties.

“That I know as of fact that one of the cardinal principle and policy of the present administration of the 1st defendant is anchored on the rule of law and respect for statutory provision and the 1999 Constitution as amended.”

According to This Day, no date has been set aside for the hearing yet.

The appointment of Mr Babatunde Fowler raised eyebrows after it was alleged that he had a doctorate degree from a shady institution from England. Although the supposed degree was quickly removed from his Wikipedia and Lagos state website, it still remained on his personal website thereby making some Nigerians question his credibility.