Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Ararume was reinstated as non-executive Chairman of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited NNPCL by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday.
The Court overturned the businessman’s dismissal and set aside President Muhammadu Buhari’s removal on the grounds that the President’s conduct was arbitrary, illegitimate, and illegal.
In a ruling in a complaint filed by Ararume, Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo awarded N5 billion to Buhari and the NNPCL as damages for the unlawful dismissal and disruption of his appointment.
Justice Ekwo directed that Ararume be reinstated as a non-executive Chairman of the NNPCL effective immediately.
All decisions made by the NNPCL Board of Directors in Ararume’s absence were also deemed null and void by the Judge.
Justice Ekwo ruled that Buhari’s actions were extra vires, unjust, illegal, null and invalid in the manner in which Ararume was fired after using his identity to register NNPCL, and that such a brazen act could not stand up to the law.
Ararume has petitioned the Court to declare Buhari’s ouster as NNPC Chief illegal, illegitimate, and unconstitutional, as well as a total violation of the CAMA statute under which NNPCL was formed.
Apart from requesting the court to issue an order restoring him to office, Ararume also sought N100 billion in compensation for the damages he experienced both nationally and internationally as a result of President Buhari’s unconstitutional ouster.
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