Funmi Falana Sues FG for Refusing to Swear in Justice Jumbo-Ofor

The last has definitely not been heard of the controversy surrounding the refusal of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), to swear in Justice Ifeoma Jumbo-Ofor as one of the newly inaugurated justices of the Court of Appeal.

Funmi Falana, wife of Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has filed a suit against the Federal Government before the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, over the failure of the Chief Justice of the country to swear in Justice Ifeoma Jumbo-Ofor as one of the newly inaugurated justices of the Court of Appeal.

Funmi Falana, also a lawyer and the Executive Director of Women Empowerment and Legal Aid Initiative, (WELA) in a motion on notice filed by the trustee is challenging the guiding principle of the Federal Character Act. Joined as respondents in the suit is the Attorney-General of the Federation, (AGF).

In her motion brought pursuant to Order 1 Rule 2 of Fundamental Rights Enforcement Procedure Rules 2009 and under the Inherent Jurisdiction of the court, Falana is asking for a declaration that Section 2, Part II of the Guiding Principles and Formulae for the Distribution of all Cadres of Post under the Federal Character Commission, ACT CAP F7 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 that provides that a married woman shall continue to lay claim to her state of origin for the purpose of implementation of the Federal Character Formulae at the national level is discriminatory, inconsistent and contravenes the provision of Section 42 of the 1999 Constitution.

Theirs must be a family of human rights activists.

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