President Buhari sacks Tony Jaja as Nigerian Copyright Commission chairman

President Buhari sacks Tony Jaja as Nigerian Copyright Commission chairman

- Dr Tony Jaja has ceased to be the chairman of the governing board of the Nigerian Copyright Commission

- His sack was made public by the media aide to the minister of justice, Umar Gwandu

- No reason was given by the authorities for his sudden removal

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the chairman of the governing board of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, Dr Tony Jaja.

Dr Jaja's sack was contained in a notice sent to journalists by the spokesperson for the Attorney-General of the Federation, Dr Umar Gwandu, on Monday, October 19.

The document seen by journalists was dated Thursday, October 15 and signed by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and permanent secretary, ministry of justice, Mr Dayo Apata (SAN).

President Buhari sacks Tony Jaja as Nigerian Copyright Commission chairman

President Buhari has sacked Tony Jaja as Nigerian Copyright Commission's chairman. Photo credit: @MBuhari
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The notice which was silent on why the chairman was been shown the way out, ordered Dr Jaja to immediately hand over the property of the commission in his custody to the director-general of the commission, John Asein.

Established under section 34 of the Copyright Act, the Nigerian Copyright Commission was inaugurated on 19 August 1989, first as the Nigerian Copyright Council.

It was elevated to the status of a Commission in April 1996 and this administrative change was confirmed by the Copyright Decree 1999.

Meanwhile, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has backed President Muhammadu Buhari's nomination of Lauretta Onochie as a national electoral commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Onochie is a presidential media aide and card-carrying member of the APC. Her appointment had caused outrage across the country.

The APC frowned at the criticisms over the president's action, urging the 9th Senate to go-ahead to accept Ms Onochie's nomination.

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The party further said Onochie's capacity and effectiveness as a public servant and senior social media professional are in the public domain.

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