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PRESIDENT BUHARI FIRES HADIZA BALA USMAN, NPA’S MANAGING DIRECTOR

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The plaintiffs also claimed that the President rushed Hadiza Bala-reappointment Usman's six months before her term ended.

By Adeniyi Onaara

Hadiza Bala-Usman, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has had her appointment terminated by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The President revealed this in an affidavit filed at the Federal High Court in Lagos on July 12 in an action brought against him by Asu Beks, the Chief Executive Officer of Maritime Media Limited, and two others.

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The plaintiffs had filed a lawsuit, FHC/L/CS/485/2021, contesting Buhari’s rights to form the NPA Board and appoint the Executive Directors without resorting to the NPA Act.

The plaintiffs also claimed that the President rushed Hadiza Bala-Usman’s reappointment six months before her term ended.

On behalf of Buhari’s lawyer, Agan Tabitha of the Civil Litigation Department of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Abuja, signed the document, which was filed as Buhari’s preliminary objection to the claim.

“The claimed reappointment of the third defendant (Hadiza Bala-Usman), on which this court is being summoned to judge, has now been terminated by the first defendant (Buhari), and the instant suit has been overtaken by the event of that termination,” Buhari said.

He further claimed that the plaintiffs lacked locus standi and that the Federal High Court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case.

“We believe that the questions for resolution, as well as the reliefs sought, are evident from the Plaintiffs’ affidavit. It is self-evident that the Plaintiffs were not injured as a result of the 1st Defendant’s act or omission.”

“It is also clear that the claim against the Defendants is that the court should declare the 1st Defendant’s alleged action of re-appointing, nominating, and establishing the board of the NPA illegal as it violates sections 2 and 10 NPA Act Cap N126, LFN 2004, even without stating that they have suffered any personal injury beyond any other person as a result of the said appointment.”

“It is our opinion that the Plaintiffs in this case lack the necessary locus standi to bring this action. “Locus standi” refers to a party’s right to file a lawsuit in a court of law, according to the President.

Meanwhile, Justice Tujjani Ringim of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, is alleged to be hearing the case.

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