The Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) has gone to court docket to problem the legality of the controversial Firms 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 Trade, Commerce and Funding.
The case was talked about on the Federal Excessive Court docket, 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 remainder are Oluniyi Adediji, Charles Ndukwe, Emmanuel Ekong, Darlington Onyekwere, Madu Joe-Kyari Gadzama, Lama Joe-Kyari Gadzama, Rev Fr. Joseph Ilorah, Jerry Onbugadu Musa, Wonderful Ikpala, amongst others.
CAN leaders current within the court docket had been Normal 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 via any of its businesses failed.
In February, the Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Mission (SERAP) requested the Federal Excessive Court docket, Abuja, to cease Buhari from implementing the “draconian and illegal provisions” of the CAMA Act.
Within the go well with 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 correct to freely affiliate and that nobody may be imposed on the opposite.
SERAP warned that permitting the federal government to merge two or extra non-public associations, non secular associations, charities, NGOs or skilled our bodies, would blatantly violate their elementary human rights.
“Part 842(2)(a)(b)(5)(6) of CAMA 2020 violates the correct of those associations and different Nigerians to property together with the correct to function their financial institution accounts and use their funds the way in which they select to topic to already current banking rules and practices”, it learn partially.