Code of Conduct Bureau 'No court sacked us' CCB board members say

The CCB said that the recent judgement by Justice Binta Nyako was "purely a case of interpretation of the relevant section of the 1999 Constitution."

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CCB Chairman, Sam Saba

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Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Mr. Sam Saba has denied reports that the CCB board members were sacked by a court judgment.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, May 3, Saba said that the board had filed an appeal against the judgment delivered by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on April 28, 2017.

The media reports about the sacking of the bureau executives emanated from that judgment.

In the judgment, Justice Nyako held that the five-year tenure of the chairman and nine others had expired since April 2015.

She held that Saba and others, who were appointed in 2010, were only entitled to stay in office for five years.

The judge cited section 155 (1) (c) and Paragraph  1, Part 1, Third Schedule of the  1999  Constitution (as amended), to back its claim.

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The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/411/2016, was filed by  Kingdom Human rights Foundation International, through its director and lawyer, Mr. Okere Nnamdi.

In the suit, the plaintiff sort an order compelling the President to remove and replace Saba and other nine members of the board.

Justice Nyako did not grant the prayers but she directed the Attorney-General  of the Federation, Abubakar Malami to advise the President on the tenure of the CCB board members.

Buhari, Malami, and the CCB were the three respondents to the suit.

Saba said the judgment was "purely a case of interpretation of the relevant section of the 1999 Constitution."

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