The Board Chairman of the Nigerian Copyright Fee (NCC), Tonye Clinton Jaja, has condemned the feedback towards him by members of the fee.
The officers had declared they didn’t endorse Jaja’s letter looking for removing of the Director-Normal, John Asein.
The chairman, in a letter dated September 22, 2020, requested that President Muhammadu Buhari droop and examine Asein over alleged violations.
However the board members in a memo to the Legal professional Normal of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, dissociated themselves.
Maria Towo Austin-Odigie, the Federal Ministry of Justice consultant and 4 others, representing different sectors, signed it.
In his response despatched to DAILY POST, Jaja declared that he would institute a court docket case towards the signatories.
“Since their purported letter is in itself a violation of sure related legal guidelines, I’m beneath obligation to take authorized motion towards them by reporting it to the authorities”, he famous.
The chairman mentioned since he took a powerful stance towards “sure corrupt employees, officers and board members”, there have been unrelenting assaults on his status in addition to threats to life.
Jaja defined that the rationale for the suspension suggestion was as a result of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Unbiased Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Fee (ICPC) are investigating the NCC chief.
“Mr. John Asein is at present beneath investigation by these companies for abuse of workplace, corruption and battle of curiosity by his operation as the only signatory to the Domiciliary Financial institution Account of Replica Rights Society of Nigeria (REPRONIG), one of many non-public organizations regulated by the NCC.
“The advice of the Governing Board members was that Mr. John Asein must be positioned on suspension till completion of the investigation by the Code of Conduct Bureau.
The letter to His Excellency Mr President was written by the Hon. Minister of Justice and copied to the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation.
“Suspension of public officers present process investigation is the overall rule of legislation, and a convention within the public service as prescribed within the Public Service Guidelines and different extant legal guidelines of Nigeria. The Commissioner of Police of Anambra State, who coincidentally is a member of the Governing Board of the NCC, additionally wrote in help of the suspension of Mr. John Asein,” he famous.
Jaja recalled that he honoured a CCB invitation by way of a letter dated August 14, 2020, and submitted oral and written assertion in regards to the ongoing investigation of Asein’s “weighty allegations”.
The chairman disclosed that he additional deposed to an affidavit on the Excessive Court docket of the Federal Capital Territory to authenticate the truthfulness of his submissions to the CCB.
“If the members of the Governing Board of the NCC are satisfied in regards to the innocence of Mr. John Asein, they’ll swear to an affidavit earlier than any Excessive Court docket of Justice that the allegations of battle of curiosity, infractions of the Code of Conduct Laws, and abuse of workplace by Mr. John Asein the false allegations, then we will consider them.
“They will go a step additional by submitting their sworn affidavits to the Code of Conduct Bureau and the ICPC, which is the right discussion board to ventilate their greviances. The pages of newspapers just isn’t the right discussion board”, Jaja insisted.