A federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, reinstated Ifeanyi Godwin Ararume as non-executive chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company LimitedJustice Inyang Edem Ekwo, in a judgment following a suit by Ararume, awarded N5 billion against Buhari and NNPCL, to be paid to Ararume as damages for the wrongful sack and disruption of his appointment. The court voided the sack of the businessman and set aside the removal done on January 17, 2022, by President Muhammadu Buhari on the ground that the President’s action was arbitrary, unlawful and illegal. Ekwo held that Buhari acted ultra vires in the way and manner Ararume was sacked after using his name to register NNPCL and that such a brazen act could not stand in the face of the law. The judge ordered that Ararume be immediately restored to office as non-executive chairman of NNPCL. The judge also declared null and void all decisions by the NNPCL board of directors carried out in Ararume’s absence. Ararume had dragged Buhari before the court, praying it to declare his removal as NNPCL chief illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional and a breach of the Companies and Allied Matters Act law under which NNPCL was incorporated.

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