The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has went to court to challenge the legality of the controversial Companies and Allied Matters (CAMA) Act 2020 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

With other provisions, the Act (CAMA) gave the Federal Government to arbitrarily combined a fresh organizations with an already registered one; terminate or discontinue trustees; and take over any income belongs to any organizations.

According to Suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/244/2021 is between the legal entity Trustees of CAN and the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment.

The case was mentioned at the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday.

The complainant counsels, led by Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN), include Prof J. Amupitan (SAN), Wale Adesokan (SAN), Isaac Okpanachi, Comfort Otera Chigbue, Godswill Iyoke, Dr Cyril Obika, Geraldine Mbah, Francis Oronsaye.

Other are Oluniyi Adediji, Charles Ndukwe, Emmanuel Ekong, Darlington Onyekwere, Madu Joe-Kyari Gadzama, Lama Joe-Kyari Gadzama, Rev Fr. Joseph Ilorah, Jerry Onbugadu Musa, Amazing Ikpala, among others.

The representatives of CAN that present in the court were General Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola, Elder Kunle Fagbemi, Senator Philip Gyunka, Elder Tunde Adegbesan, Rev Dr Testimony Onifade, Comfort Otera Chigbue, and Senator Jonathan Zwingina.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said, all efforts to persuade the Federal government not to interfere with the affairs of the Church in Nigeria via any of its agencies was abortive.

Meanwhile on February, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) called the Federal High Court, Abuja, to discontinue Buhari from implementing the unlawful Bill” of the CAMA Act.

According to the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/172/2021, SERAP recalled its letter to Buhari in August 2020, which complained about sections 839, 842, 843, 844 and 850 contained in Part F.

The association appealed that everyone has the right to associate freely and that no one can be false on other.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) cautioned that given the government to combined two or more private organizations, religious organizations, charities, NGOs or professional bodies, would seriously cause lacked of fundamental human rights which violate their laws

“Section 842(2)(a)(b)(5)(6) of CAMA 2020 violates the right of these associations and other Nigerians to property including the right to operate their bank accounts and use their funds the way they choose to subject to already existing banking regulations and practices”, it read in part.

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