A lawyer, Tosin Ojaomo, has sued the President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for alleged violation of copyright laws.
Other defendants are the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Specifically, the former special prosecutor with the Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property is seeking an order of the Federal High Court declaring the placing of the Nigerian Copyright Commission under the Ministry of Justice as a violation of the Nigerian Copyright Act, 2010.
In the originating summons scheduled for hearing in March 2021 before Justice Evelyn Maha of the Federal High Court, Abuja division, the lawyer is seeking a declaration that going by sections 50 and 51 of the Nigerian Copyright Commission Act 2010, the third defendant is the rightful minister to supervise and perform all statutory functions provided for in the Nigerian Copyright Commission Act, 2010.
The summons read in part, “A declaratioan that all the appointments made by the first defendant to the position of director-general of the Nigerian Copyright Commission relying on the statutory recommendation of the second defendant in contravention of the combined provisions of sections 37 (1) and 51 of the Copyright Act, 2010, is null and void and of no legal effect.”
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