A Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, has sacked the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) Sam Saba and nine other members of the organisation’s board.
The Nation reports that presiding judge ruled on Friday, April 28 that the board’s tenure of five years had expired two years ago in April 2015.
Justice Nyako held that by virtue of 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.
According to the report, the judgment was delivered on a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/411/2016 filed by a group – Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International (KGRFI) led by Okere Nnamdi.
Although the court failed to order the president to replace Saba and the nine others, it however directed the attorney-general of the federation to advise him on the tenure of CCB board members.
The president was also a defendant in the suit.
However, Justice Nyako granted a prayer in the suit about “a declaration of the honourable court that the tenure of office of the Chairman and nine other members of the Code of Conduct Bureau has elapsed since April 2015; in view of section 155 (1) (c) and Paragraph 1, Part 1, Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).”
But the judge rejected a prayer to order 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.