By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

ABUJA—A legal practitioner, Mr. Johnmary Jideobi, yesterday, asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to okay President Muhammadu Buhari’s impeachment by the National Assembly under section 143 of the 1999 constitution, as amended.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari

The plaintiff, in his suit is praying the court to declare that President Buhari committed an impeachable offence by granting anticipatory approval for the release of $496 million from the Federation Account without recourse to the National Assembly as prescribed by Section 80 (3) and (4) of the Constitution.

Other defendants in the suit are the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr  Yakubu Dogara and Clerk of the National Assembly.

The plaintiff is further praying the court to declare that “under the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, neither the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, National Economic Council, nor any other person or body howsoever named, has the power(s) to either authorize or approve of any form of withdrawal or expenditure of any sum of money from any public fund of the federation unless the issue of those monies has been authorised by an Act of the National Assembly in regard to Section 80 (3) and (4) of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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