Agbakoba Drags FG to Court Over Non-Inclusion of Igbos in NNPC Board

Olisa Agbakoba SAN

A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) has filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja, challenging the non-inclusion of the South East Zone of Nigeria, in appointments to the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation of Nigeria.

Agbakoba in a statemet on Monday alleged that the appointment made by the Federal Government of Nigeria, contravened “the provisions of S.14 of the Constitution and also the Federal Character Commission, Act and the provisions of Sections 42 of the Constitution of Nigeria that prohibits discrimination of any of Nigeria’s ethnic groups such as, in this case, the South East.”

He prayed the Federal High Court to declare the lopsided appointments of NNPC Board members which did not include any individual from the South East Zone, unconstitutional, null and void.

No date has been fixed to hear the suit.

It could be recalled that in August*- fifty-five management staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC were affected in a massive reshuffle ordered by Group managing director, Dr. Maikanti Baru.


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