Oladimeji Felix Ekengba, an Abuja lawyer, has brought President Muhammadu Buhari, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs before a Federal Supreme Court in Abuja, to challenge their alleged unlawful interference in the operations of the Niger Delta. to fight. Development Committee (NDDC).
At the center of the alleged undue interference in the lawsuit is the Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Mr. Umana Umana, who is alleged to have unlawfully assumed the position of the General Manager of the NDDC in directing the affairs of the NDDC. Commission, contrary to the views of the law.
In the lawsuit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1458/2022, the plaintiff wants the court to prevent the defendants from further interfering in the commission’s activities and also to prevent Umana from acting further as MDDC’s MD or to interfere in the activities of the NDDC as it has no authority under any law to do so.
The plaintiff in the self-filed lawsuit seeks a statement that under Section 4 of the 1999 Constitution and Section 2 of the 2000 NDDC Act, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, which is not among the persons listed in Section 2 of the NDDC Act, cannot interfere with or usurp the powers of the board and management of the Committee without an amendment of the NDDC Act by the National Assembly.
Ekengba also requested a statement that the interference and intervention of the Minister of the Niger Delta, the Ministry and the Permanent Secretary in the affairs of the commission is in violation of and contrary to Article 4 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 2 of the NDDC Act and that any alleged acts done by them are unconstitutional, illegal, void and must be set aside.
The lawsuit filed by the plaintiff on August 19, 2022 also requested a perpetual provision preventing the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, the Ministry and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry from interfering, usurping, checking or provide guidance to management and employees and intervene in the affairs of the committee.
In a 16-paragraph affidavit in support of the preliminary subpoena, the plaintiff, who claimed to be an environmental rights activist and lawyer practitioner, as well as a native, alleged that he was affected by the minister’s alleged unlawful interference in the operations of the Commision.
He further claimed that as President of Nigeria, Buhari, who swore to uphold the provisions and principles of the 1999 Constitution, is obliged to ensure the enforcement and compliance with all laws of the National Assembly, including those of the NDDC.
He further alleged that the Minister of Niger Affairs is assisting and inciting the President in violating the clear and existing provisions of the 1999 Constitution by attempting to interfere with the powers of the board and management of the NDDC, in violation of Article 4 of the 1999 Constitution. and Section 2 of the NDDC Act.
Plaintiff alleged that by an administrative approval Buhari would have amended the provisions of Section 2 of the NDDC Act by appointing the Minister of Niger Delta, the Ministry of the Niger Delta and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry as board members of the NDDC without amending the Act. adapt to accommodate them.
He alleged that in carrying out the unconstitutional fiat, the minister, the ministry and the permanent secretary wrote a letter to the NDDC to interfere with the powers of the board of directors on August 8, 2022, by requesting personnel control and bio-control. – data from the commission.
The lawyer also claimed that the minister, the ministry and the permanent secretary had established a commission for the audit of the compression personnel of the NDDC, filed a letter on August 15, 2022, adding that the minister had issued guidelines on August 17 on the daily affairs. contrary to the clear position of the law.
He insisted that what the Minister, the Ministry and the Permanent Secretary are seeking to carry out is unconstitutional and is requesting an injunction from the Court to prevent them from interfering with, appropriating, checking or issuing directives. to the management and employees of the NDDC since doing so. in violation of Article 4 of the 1999 Constitution.
Meanwhile, no date has been set for a hearing in the lawsuit.