President Muhammadu Buhari has removed the board chairman of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Tonye Clinton Jaja with immediate effect.
This was conveyed in a letter signed by Tayo Akpata, Solicitor General of the Federation, and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice.
The removal of the board chairman followed his petition to the president to suspend and investigate the NCC Director-General, John Asein for alleged infractions.
Interestingly, five board members reportedly told the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, that they never endorsed Jaja’s move and that he acted on his own.
In their counter-memo signed by Maria Towo Austin-Odigie, a representative of the Federal Ministry of Justice on the NCC board reportedly said that Jaja is orchestrating allegations and petitions against the NCC Director-General.
The board members reportedly accused the Jaja of personal vendetta and undue interference in operations of the agency.
Excerpt of the letter:
“I have been directed to inform you of your removal as the Chairman, Governing Board of the Nigerian Copyright Commission by President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, as conveyed vide letter Ref: 59312/V/230 of 28th September 2020.
“Your removal is with immediate effect and you are, therefore, expected to handover all properties of the Commission in your possession to the Director-General.
“While wishing you success in your future endeavors, please accept the assurances of the warm regards and best wishes of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.”