Court Stops Buhari’s Minister From Holding Public Office in Nigeria, Details Emerge

Dec 19, 2023 | Entertainment, News

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  • Former Minister Pauline Tallen has the option of issuing a public apology or face a public office ban over her “Kangaroo judgement” comment
  • The decision stems from Tallen’s reaction to the nullification of Aishatu Dahiru’s candidacy by the Federal High Court in Yola
  • The NBA resident, Yakubu Maikyau, had demanded an apology from Tallen over her comments, leading to the FCT high court’s recent ruling

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

The Federal High Court, Abuja division, has delivered a judgement barring the former minister of women affairs and social development, Pauline Tallen, from holding public office.

Buhari, Pauline Tallen, High Court, Abuja
Pauline Tallen has been told to tender an apology over her statement on a previous court ruling.
Photo credit: Dame Pauline K. Tallen OFR, KSG
Source: Facebook

Tallen served as a minister under the immediate past administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The court’s decision was in response to Tallen’s disparaging remarks against the judiciary following a Federal High Court decision in Adamawa state last year, Premium Times reported.

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High court judgment against Paul Tallen

In a judgment delivered on Monday, December 18, the court described Tallen’s statements as “unconstitutional, careless, reckless, and disparaging,” Leadership report added.

The court further ruled that the ex-minister’s call to disobey the judgement was “contemptuous of the Federal High Court of Nigeria.”

As a consequence, Tallen has been barred from holding public office, with the court providing her an option to escape the ban by issuing a public apology in two national dailies within 30 days from the date of the judgment.

Tinubu to re-appoint controversial Buhari’s minister

In another development, Legit.ng reported earlier that President Bola Tinubu has been reported to have begun consultations on who will replace Simon Lalong as the new minister of Labour and Employment.

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Tinubu, in separate instances, met with Lai Mohammed, the former minister of information and culture and Aminu Masari, the former governor of Katsina state.

Sources within the presidential villa disclosed that the meeting between the president and the two chieftains of the APC was based on the replacement of Simon Lalong, labour minister, who tendered his resignation letter.

Tinubu sacks 5 Buhari’s appointees in aviation sector

Legit.ng earlier reported that President Tinubu has sacked five directors appointed by former President Muhammadu Buhari in the aviation and aerospace development ministry.

Some of the affected directors were appointed a few days before the handing over of the former president to Tinubu.

While listing the affected directors, the spokesperson of the ministry, Odutayo Oluseyi, said legal advisers and secretaries were not affected by the directives.

Source: Legit.ng



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