The Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) has gone to court docket to problem the legality of the controversial Corporations and Allied Issues (CAMA) Act 2020 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Amongst different provisions, the Act permits the Federal Authorities to arbitrarily merge a brand new affiliation with an already registered one; droop or take away trustees; and take over funds belonging to any affiliation.
Swimsuit No FHC/ABJ/CS/244/2021 is between the Included Trustees of CAN and the Company Affairs Fee (CAC) and Minister of Business, Commerce and Funding.
The case was talked about on the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Abuja, on Monday.
The plaintiff counsels, led by Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN), embody Prof J. Amupitan (SAN), Wale Adesokan (SAN), Isaac Okpanachi, Consolation Otera Chigbue, Godswill Iyoke, Dr Cyril Obika, Geraldine Mbah, Francis Oronsaye,
The remaining are Oluniyi Adediji, Charles Ndukwe, Emmanuel Ekong, Darlington Onyekwere, Madu Joe-Kyari Gadzama, Lama Joe-Kyari Gadzama, Rev Fr. Joseph Ilorah, Jerry Onbugadu Musa, Superb Ikpala, amongst others.
CAN leaders current within the court docket have been Common Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola, Elder Kunle Fagbemi, Senator Philip Gyunka, Elder Tunde Adegbesan, Rev Dr Testimony Onifade, Consolation Otera Chigbue, and Senator Jonathan Zwingina.
The apex Christian physique stated all makes an attempt to persuade the Federal authorities to not intervene or intervene with the administration of the Church in Nigeria by way of any of its businesses failed.
In February, Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Mission (SERAP) requested the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Abuja, to cease Buhari from implementing the “draconian and illegal provisions” of the CAMA Act.
Within the swimsuit quantity FHC/ABJ/CS/172/2021, SERAP recalled its letter to Buhari in August, 2020, which complained about sections 839, 842, 843, 844 and 850 contained in Half F.
The group argued that everybody has the appropriate to freely affiliate and that nobody might be imposed on the opposite.
SERAP warned that permitting the federal government to merge two or extra personal associations, spiritual associations, charities, NGOs or skilled our bodies, would blatantly violate basic human proper.
“Part 842(2)(a)(b)(5)(6) of CAMA 2020 violates the appropriate of those associations and different Nigerians to property together with the appropriate to function their financial institution accounts and use their funds the best way they select to topic to already present banking rules and practices”, it learn partly.