A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed the 15th of December, 2022 for the hearing of a N100 billion naira suit filed against President Muhammadu Buhari over an alleged unlawful removal of Senator Ifeanyi Ararume as a non Executive Chairman of the newly Incorporated Nigeria National Petroleum Company, (NNPC).
Senator Ararume is claiming the sum from the Federal Government as damages caused him in the alleged unlawful and unconstitutional way and manner by which he was removed as the NNPC Chairman after using his name to incorporate the entity.
In support of the suit, Ararume explained that on October 20, 2021, he was appointed as a Non-Executive Chairman of NNPC, an appointment which was to last for an initial period of five years.
But in a letter dated January 17, 2022, Ararume was informed that his name had been dropped and replaced with Senator Margaret Chuba Okadigbo without any explanation to justify his removal.
Ararume is also asking the Court to, among other issues, determine whether the President has the right to remove him without compliance with the provisions of the law.
He also wants to be returned to office, in line with the letter and conditions of his appointment.
At the hearing, Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo ordered that the Corporate Affairs Commission be joined as a party in the suit in the absence of an objection from Chris Uche who represented Ararume and Alhasan. Shuaib, who represented President Buhari.