The outspoken Human rights activist and lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), has announced that a court process will be filed this week by his organisation, in pursuit of the removal of the service chiefs on the basis of the expiration of their respective tenures.
Falana made this disclosure in the Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Monday. He claimed that it was illegal for President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the tenure of chiefs.
Falana was then asked why no legal body or individual had questioned the issue in court if it was really illegal, he replied,
”I can assure you that it is already being escalated. To the best of my knowledge, a suit will be filed during the week in respect of this matter.”
Falana also reminded his audience that activist, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN), who now serves as the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, had sued the President Goodluck Jonathan’s government for failing to seek the approval of the Senate before appointing the service chiefs.
Falana added that the Federal High Court while delivering the judgement stated that the National Assembly must approve the appointment of service chiefs before they can be installed into power.
”My colleague, who is now a minister in this government, secured a judgment that service chiefs must be approved by the Senate and President Jonathan had to seek the approval of the National Assembly in line with the judgment of the court.
“Now, going by that judgement, the President cannot extend the expired tenure of service chiefs without going to the National Assembly. So, when the House of Representatives recently passed a solution that the service chiefs should go, they should have relied on the judgment to say you cannot extend without approval if you cannot appoint without our approval.”