President Muhammadu Buhari has removed the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, NCC, Dr Tony Jaja.
The spokesperson for the Attorney-General of the Federation, Dr Umar Gwandu, on Monday, October 19, 2020, shared a notice with journalists disclosing the removal which was signed by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Dayo Apata (SAN) but was dated October 15, 2020.
The document which was titled, ‘Notice of your removal as Chairman, Governing Board of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, NCC’, referred to an earlier letter dated September 28, 2020, which was said to have conveyed to Jaja the approval of the President for his sacking.
While the notice stated that Jaja’s removal took immediate effect, it did not disclose the reason for his sacking.
The notice, however, ordered the sacked Chairman to immediately hand over the property of the Commission in his custody to the Director-General, John Asein.
It read in part, “l have been directed to notify you of your removal as the Chairman, Governing Board of the Nigerian Copyright Commission by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari. GCFR, as conveyed vids letter Ref: 59312/V/230 of September 28, 2020.
“Your removal is with immediate effect and you are, therefore expected to hand over all the properties of the commission in your possession to the Director-General.
“While wishing you success in your future endeavours, please accept the assurances of the warm regards and best wishes of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.”
Jaja was inaugurated for a four-year tenure along with other members of he NCC board in May 2019 and his sacking came about two and a half years into his tenure.