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Published On: Mon, Jan 22nd, 2018

Society demands resignation of AGF, Malami

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By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

The leadership of music Copyright society of Nigeria (COSON) has demanded the resignation of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), over undue interference on their activities.
The National Enforcement officer, Copyright society of Nigeria, Prince Biodun Eguakhide, cited the alleged interference of the AGF in a case filed by COSON in which judgment was to be delivered by a Federal High court in Lagos, presided over by Justice Buba last December, as the reason for their request.
He said trouble started when Justice Buba announced to the court on 14th December 2017 that the case filed by COSON, had been withdrawn from him.
“This matter was brought before Justice Buba in the Federal High court in Lagos state.
We are aware that several attempts were made to intimate justice Buba to the extent that one day, he came to court to announce openly in the court room that come rain come shine, he was going to deliver judgment. That was on December 6th 2017.
“Justice Buba said a petition was written against him as regard to that matter.
On December 14th 2017, when he was to deliver his judgment, he said again in the open court that the file for that matter has been taken away from him.
He revealed that the leadership of the 7-year-old organisation has approached the Federal High court Lagos to among others determine whether the federal government has the right to approve another collecting society in the same class of Copyright with COSON.
Eguakhide who made this known when members of COSON staged a peaceful protest at the Federal High court at the Weekend in Benin City, where he alleged that AGF had admitted before an official of COSON that he (Malami) was wrongly advised to register a parallel Copyright music society.
He appealed to authorities concern including President Muhammadu Buhari to call the AGF to order and help salvage the creative industry from the brink of collapse.

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