You have no powers to sack us – Auditors-general challenge Gov Otu

February 14th, 2024 10:28 am

You have no powers to sack us – Auditors-general challenge Gov Otu

John Odey, a former Cross River State Auditor General, and Mrs. Franka Inok, a local government counterpart, have contested Governor Bassey Otu’s authority to fire them.

Both had disobeyed his order to resign right away as a result.

The two officials continue to report for work in their offices despite the governor’s orders.

They wrote to Mr. Oko Inaku, chairman of the Cross Rivers State Civil Service Commission, who informed them of the governor’s instructions.

They demanded in the letter that their services continue until either their formal retirement age of 65, or the time at which they should have accrued 35 years, as required by civil service regulations.

They stated in their letter, “Re: Notice to Vacate Office,” with reference number CRS/AGLG/81/Vol 11/565, “We wish to bring to your notice Section 127 of the 1999 Constitution and Section 42 of the Cross River State Audit Law Number 2021 as amended, regarding the removal from office of the Auditor General.”

They disputed the governor’s order for them to resign from their positions before reaching the required service or age milestones.

Eteng Okposin, a lawyer, said that Article 11 of the Nigerian Constitution grants state governors the authority to appoint and dismiss employees.

Okposin states that “the governor of a state is charged with the execution of state laws alongside the responsibility of state executive officers, regulatory officers, and judicial officers subject to the approval of the House of Assembly and can sack, dismiss, or terminate the appointment of any official without consulting the State House of Assembly except those who are democratically elected.”

He counseled the two officers to follow the governor’s orders rather than to

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