Okereke Sues Importers for N200 Million



EMMANUEL Osita Okereke, director-general of the National Task Force to combat illegal importation of small arms, ammunition and light weapons, has asked a high court in the federal capital territory, Abuja, to declare his removal as national president of Importers Association of Nigeria, IMAN, as illegal.

Okereke through Chibuzor Ezike, his counsel, is demanding N200 million damage from the registered trustees of IMAN. No date has been fixed for its hearing.

He wants the court to declare 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 court processes were obtained by journalists on Wednesday, January 27, in Abuja.

Also joined as 2nd – 6th defendants are Gilbert Bravo Obi, Obong Patrick Udoh, Bature Abdulaziz, Aliyu Ahmed Yar’Adua and Kingsley Chikezie.

Okereke, a former presidential candidate of the African Liberation Party, also wants 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.”

According to him, his purported removal as the IMAN President and DG 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 similarly wants an order restraining the respondents to retract the publications with an apology through same Newspapers.

Okereke also 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.

— Jan 27, 2016 @ 17:35 GMT


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