5 December 2012

Nigeria: Salami - Jonathan Wants Suit Against Him Dismissed

President Goodluck Jonathan has asked an Abuja Federal High Court to strike out a suit instituted against him by 11 human rights activists over the suspension of the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami.

Justice Adamu Bello has slated January 17 for adoption of addresses in the matter.

The plaintiffs filed the suit in their names and on behalf of the Registered Trustees of Centre for the Promotion of Arbitration. They are asking the court to determine whether Jonathan has the powers to recall Salami and whether he can re-appoint Justice Dalhatu Adamu as acting President of the Court of Appeal after the expiration of three months without National Judicial Council's recommendation.

Apart from the President, Salami, Adamu, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and NJC are mentioned as defendants in the suit.

Documents filed on behalf of the president and the AGF by their counsel Matthew Echo, said the plaintiffs have no locus standi to institute the action or even seek the reliefs as they do not have sufficient interest in the matter.

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