An Abuja-based lawyer, Mr. Emmanuel Maji, has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to compel President Goodluck Jonathan to sack the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Ahmadu Giade, on the grounds of overstaying in office.
The plaintiff argued that Giade’s continued stay in office for about nine years violated the usual tenure of past chairmen and Director General/Secretary of the agency since its inception in 1989.
According to the plaintiff, the former chairmen and director general/secretary, were appointed for a four-year term, and renewable only once.
Giade was said to have been appointed on November 25, 2005.
He, therefore, wanted the court to declare that Giade’s continued stay in office beyond either November 24, 2009 or November 24, 2013 as unlawful, having been appointed On November 25, 2005.
The plaintiff noted that although the tenure of the NDLEA chairman was not clearly stated in the constitution and the NDLEA Act, the President could not deviate from the four-year tradition established since the agency was set up in 1989.
Through his suit, which was filed on July 10 and tagged, FHC/ABJ/CS/516/2014, the plaintiff wanted the court to among others, direct President Jonathan to immediately replace Giade by appointing a new person.
He also prayed for an order of perpetual injunction restraining Giade from “further parading and conducting himself as NDLEA Chairman forthwith; an order compelling him to vacate office having exhausted his tenure, and an order compelling him to refund all his earnings since November 24, 2013 when attained eight years in office.”
He equally wanted the court to declare unlawful all duties or acts performed by Giade after November 24, 2013 when his tenure (if he was reappointed) ought to lapse.
The defendants in the suit are President Goodluck Jonathan, Giade, the NDLEA, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Attorney General of the Federation, Head of Federal Civil Service of the Federation, Chairman of Senate Committee on Drugs and Financial Crimes and Chairman, House Committee on Drugs and Financial Crimes.