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Nigeria: Court Orders NASS to Commence Impeachment Process Against Buhari

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A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State, western Nigeria has ordered the National Assembly to immediately commence the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Justice Maurine Adaobi Onyetenu gave the order following a suit filed by two Nigerians, Kanmi Ajibola, a lawyer, and a human rights activist, Sulaiman Adeniyi, urging the court to compel the National Assembly to impeach Buhari.

The applicants had three months ago written to both the Senate and the House of Representatives on the need to
impeach Buhari, citing alleged constitutional breaches by the president, and threatened to approach the court if they failed to act accordingly.

But when the lawmakers refused to yield to the request, Ajibola and Adeniyi filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Osogbo seeking an order of mandamus to compel both the Senate and the House of Representatives against President Buhari.

In the motion ex-parte, the duo claimed that in flagrant violation of the 1999 Constitution, Buhari contested election, won and was sworn in as the president on the 29th day of May 2015 without possessing the basic constitutional requirement, which would have made him qualified for the election.

They further alleged that the 4th respondent, who is President Buhari, in flagrant violation of section 137 (1) (j) of the 1999 Constitution, presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission for the purpose of the 2015 presidential election that brought him to the office of the president.

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