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  Senator Ifeanyi Ararume has filed a N100 billion lawsuit against the Federal Government in the Federal High Court in Abuja for his alleged illegal removal as non executive chairman of the newly incorporated Nigeria National Petroleum Company NNPC Ararume is asking for 100 billion naira for the damages caused to him by the allegedly illegal and unconstitutional manner in which he was removed as head of the NNPC after using his name to incorporate the entity When the matter was called on Wednesday one of Ararume s lawyers Mr Chris Uche SAN told the court that all parties to the matter had received due process Judge Inyang Ekwo however invoked the provisions of Order 9 Rule 14 2b of the Federal High Court Rules which allows a judge to order a party whose presence in a matter is pertinent to join the matter Judge Ekwo ordered the Corporate Affairs Commission CAC to join as a party as the case concerned the interpretation of the Companies and Allied Affairs Act CAMA There was no objection by either party The judge adjourned the matter until December 15 for citation and ordered that the amended summons of origin be served on the parties before the adjourned date The Nigerian News Agency reports that the lawsuit marked FHC ABJ CS 691 2022 was instituted on behalf of Ararume from Senior Advocates of Nigeria SAN which includes Messrs Chris Uche Ahmed Raji Mahmud Magaji James Onoja KC Nwufor and Gordy Uche Meanwhile Mr Alhassan Shuaibu Principal State Counselor at the Ministry of Justice announced the appearance of the Federal Government The former senator formulated four points of determination One of the issues was whether in view of the provisions of the NNPC Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws the Companies and Related Matters Act 2010 and the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 the position of non executive chairman would not is governed and regulated by the provisions of the law Ararume also asked the court to determine whether under Section 63 3 of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 the president could lawfully remove him as non executive chairman of the NNPC for any reason outside the provisions of the law In addition he asked the court to determine whether the president could fire him without complying with the expressly stated provisions of the Articles of Incorporation of the Company Section 63 3 of the PI Act 2021 and Section 288 of the CAMA Act 2020 Another issue to determine was whether his alleged deportation vide letter of January 17 without complying with the expressly established provisions of the law was not unlawful illegal null and void and without any legal consequence The plaintiff requested the court upon determination of the issues in his favor to make a declaration that his position as non executive chairman of the NNPC is exclusively governed by and regulated by the PI Act 2021 and the Company s Memorandum of Association A statement that in accordance with Section 63 3 of the PI Act the CAMA Act and the NNPC Memorandum of Association the chairman may not step down as non executive chairman without due process of law The former deputy asked the court for an order of dismissal through a letter dated January 17 with the reference number SGF 3V111 86 He also petitioned the court for an order reinstating him and restoring him to office with all the rights and privileges of the position of non executive chairman of the NNPC In addition he applied to the court for an annulment and annulment order for all decisions and resolutions of the NNPC board made in his absence from January 17 to date He also asked for an order preventing the defendants from withdrawing his name as director of the company He asked for 100 billion naira as damages for the wrongful removal termination and termination of his term as non executive chairman of the NNPC In a 75 paragraph affidavit in support of the lawsuit Ararume stated that following the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 the former NNPC and its subsidiaries spun off to become the Nigeria National Petroleum Company registered with the Petroleum Commission Corporate Affairs with the number 1843987 On October 20 2021 the Chairman approved my appointment as Non Executive Chairman for an initial five year term and thereafter my name was recorded in the Company s Memorandum of Articles and the appointment was announced to the world Based on the appointment I attended the 23rd World Petroleum Congress in the Americas but surprisingly on January 7 the president inaugurated the NNPC Board without recourse to me while another person was appointed in my place On January 17 I was informed of the withdrawal of my appointment but without any reason that justifies the alleged removal Plaintiff asserted that he was not guilty of any of the preconditions for dismissal or declared medically unfit for work He claimed that he had suffered loss of credibility and goodwill untold emotional mental and psychological trauma and public humiliation due to his alleged illegal expulsion Therefore he begged the court to award him compensation of 100 billion naira and to order his return to office in accordance with the letter and conditions of his appointment edited Source Credit NAN
Ararume sues FG over alleged unlawful removal as NNPC Chair

Ifeanyi Ararume

Senator Ifeanyi Ararume has filed a N100 billion lawsuit against the Federal Government in the Federal High Court in Abuja for his alleged illegal removal as non-executive chairman of the newly incorporated Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC).

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Ararume is asking for 100 billion naira for the damages caused to him by the allegedly illegal and unconstitutional manner in which he was removed as head of the NNPC after using his name to incorporate the entity.

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Chris Uche

When the matter was called on Wednesday, one of Ararume’s lawyers, Mr. Chris Uche, (SAN) told the court that all parties to the matter had received due process.

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Judge Inyang Ekwo

Judge Inyang Ekwo, however, invoked the provisions of Order 9 Rule 14(2b) of the Federal High Court Rules which allows a judge to order a party whose presence in a matter is pertinent to join the matter.

Judge Ekwo

Judge Ekwo ordered the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to join as a party as the case concerned the interpretation of the Companies and Allied Affairs Act (CAMA).

There was no objection by either party.

The judge adjourned the matter until December 15 for citation and ordered that the amended summons of origin be served on the parties before the adjourned date.

Nigerian News Agency

The Nigerian News Agency, reports that the lawsuit marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/691/2022 was instituted on behalf of Ararume from Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) which includes Messrs. Chris Uche, Ahmed Raji, Mahmud Magaji, James Onoja, KC Nwufor, and Gordy Uche.

Alhassan Shuaibu

Meanwhile, Mr. Alhassan Shuaibu, Principal State Counselor at the Ministry of Justice, announced the appearance of the Federal Government.

The former senator formulated four points of determination.

NNPC Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws

One of the issues was whether in view of the provisions of the NNPC Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, the Companies and Related Matters Act 2010 and the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, the position of non-executive chairman would not is governed and regulated by the provisions of the law.

Petroleum Industry Act

Ararume also asked the court to determine whether under Section 63(3) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, the president could lawfully remove him as non-executive chairman of the NNPC for any reason outside the provisions of the law.

Articles of Incorporation of the Company

In addition, he asked the court to determine whether the president could fire him without complying with the expressly stated provisions of the Articles of Incorporation of the Company, Section 63 (3) of the PI Act 2021 and Section 288 of the CAMA Act. 2020.

Another issue to determine was whether his alleged deportation vide letter of January 17 without complying with the expressly established provisions of the law was not unlawful, illegal, null and void and without any legal consequence.

Memorandum of Association

The plaintiff requested the court, upon determination of the issues in his favor, to make a declaration that his position as non-executive chairman of the NNPC is exclusively governed by, and regulated by, the PI Act 2021 and the Company’s Memorandum of Association.

CAMA Act

“A statement that in accordance with Section 63(3) of the PI Act, the CAMA Act, and the NNPC Memorandum of Association, the chairman may not step down as non-executive chairman without due process of law.”

The former deputy asked the court for an order of dismissal through a letter dated January 17 with the reference number SGF.3V111/86.

He also petitioned the court for an order reinstating him and restoring him to office with all the rights and privileges of the position of non-executive chairman of the NNPC.

In addition, he applied to the court for an annulment and annulment order for all decisions and resolutions of the NNPC board made in his absence from January 17 to date.

He also asked for an order preventing the defendants from withdrawing his name as director of the company.

He asked for 100 billion naira as damages for the wrongful removal, termination and termination of his term as non-executive chairman of the NNPC.

Petroleum Industry Act

In a 75-paragraph affidavit in support of the lawsuit, Ararume stated that following the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, the former NNPC and its subsidiaries spun off to become the Nigeria National Petroleum Company registered with the Petroleum Commission. Corporate Affairs with the number 1843987.

Non-Executive Chairman

“On October 20, 2021, the Chairman approved my appointment as Non-Executive Chairman for an initial five-year term, and thereafter my name was recorded in the Company’s Memorandum of Articles and the appointment was announced to the world.

World Petroleum Congress

“Based on the appointment, I attended the 23rd World Petroleum Congress in the Americas but surprisingly, on January 7, the president inaugurated the NNPC Board without recourse to me, while another person was appointed in my place.”

“On January 17, I was informed of the withdrawal of my appointment, but without any reason that justifies the alleged removal.”

Plaintiff asserted that he was not guilty of any of the preconditions for dismissal or declared medically unfit for work.

He claimed that he had suffered loss of credibility and goodwill, untold emotional, mental and psychological trauma and public humiliation due to his alleged illegal expulsion.

Therefore, he begged the court to award him compensation of 100 billion naira and to order his return to office in accordance with the letter and conditions of his appointment.

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