Thursday, January 28, 2016

My sack illegal, says Okereke, sues IMAN for N200m


The sacked Director-General of National TaskForce to Combat Illegal Importation of Small Arms, Ammunition and Light Weapons, Chief Emmanuel Osita Okereke, has dragged Importers Association of Nigeria (IMAN) to an Abuja High Court, saying that his sack was illegal and claiming damages worth N200m, reports ITRealms.

The plaintiff, Okereke, in the suit filed by his lawyer, Mr. Chibuzor Ezike, demanded a N200 million damage from the Registered Trustees of IMAN before a High Court in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and insisting that his removal as National President of Importers Association of Nigeria (IMAN) was illegal.

Although , no date has been fixed for its hearing, Okereke said that his purported removal as National President of IMAN violated Article 12, 18 and 21 of the constitution of the association.

A copy of the suit obtained by correspondent on Wednesday in Abuja, showed that joined as 2nd - 6th defendants were Chief Gilbert Bravo Obi, Chief Obong Patrick Udoh, Alhaji Dr. Bature Abdulaziz, Alhaji Aliyu Ahmed Yar'Adua and Hon. Kingsley Chikezie.

Okereke, a former Presidential candidate of African Liberation Party, also asked the court to declare that the Board of Trustees of IMAN "has no power whatsoever to remove and/or sack any national officer of the association vis-a-vis the power given to it under Article 12 of the constitution of the association."

For Okereke, his purported removal as IMAN President and D-G of NATFORCE in the association over alleged criminal offence without giving him any opportunity to be heard amounted to a breach of his fundamental human rights as enshrined in constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and African Charter on Human and Peoples Right 2004 is null, void and unconstitutional.

The plaintiff also wants an order restraining the respondents to retract the publications with an apology through same newspapers.

Further, Okereke demanded an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further attempts to remove or sack him by any other means not permitted by the constitution of IMAN and laws of Nigeria. 

Isaac Oyimah with correspondent report/GEE

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