Sierra Leone’s highest Court has ruled that President Ernest Bai Koroma was within his rights to sack the Vice president in a judicial decision likely to bolster the executive’s political authority.
Chief Justice Valesius Thomas affirmed that under normal circumstances the president cannot sack the vice president.
Thomas, however, explained that due to the expulsion parliament was unable to impeach him and so Koroma had the authority to dismiss him.
It would be recalled that Koroma dismissed his deputy, Samuel Sam-Sumana in March claiming he had abandoned his duties by requesting asylum at the US Embassy.
The ruling All People’s Congress had earlier expelled Sam-Sumana from the party because they said he had created his own political movement.
The decision to fire the Vice President provoked outrage because it appeared to violate the 1991 constitution, growing tension on the sack necessitated tight security at the Wednesday hearing.
Reacting to the development, Sam-Sumana ‘s lawyer , Mr Sulaiman Tejan-Sie, said he was saddened by the ruling and might appeal at the court of the Economic Community of West African States.
Sierra Leone has been plagued by political instability, including military coups and civil war that ended in 2002 and the country has since 2014 been fighting an outbreak of the Ebola virus that now appears to be in its final stages
BREAKING: ASUU meeting with FG end in deadlock, strike to continue
The meeting between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday ended without an agreement.
As a result of this, the six-month-old strike embarked on by public university lecturers is set to continue.
The lecturers met with the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee at the National University Commission (NUC) in Abuja with high hopes of resolving the impasse.
A senior member of ASUU said that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee didn’t come with any new offer on the table.
According to him, the committee pleaded with the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, with promises that their concerns will be included in the 2023 budget.
The meeting started at about 12pm and lasted for about three hours.
ASUU has been on strike since February 14.
Suspected thugs destroy Tinubu’s Emilokan billboard in Lagos (PHOTO)
Some persons suspected to be political thugs have vandalized a billboard of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in Lagos.
The billboard located on the close to the third mainland bridge was destroyed on Tuesday morning.
The action sparked tension online as some APC members have accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
EFCC recovers another 1.4bn naira for NHIS
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered an additional sum of one billion, four hundred million naira (N1.4 Billion) for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
In a statement via its official Twitter handle, the money, according to the commission, was part of the funds which some commercial banks ‘fraudulently’ refused to transmit to the Treasury Single Account, TSA, since 2015.
The statement further said the money had been released to the NHIS since August 5, 2022.
It also revealed that the Commission had in similar fashion on February 10, 2022, released a sum of N1.5bn to the scheme.
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