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Enugu Native Doctors Drag CAC To Court Over Refusal To Register Association

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Traditional Religious Practitioners’ Association (TRPA) in Nigeria has sued the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, over its refusal to register their organization as a religious body as the Christian Association of Nigerian CAN and the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs NSCIA.

They dragged the Commission to the Federal High Court in Enugu where they are asking the presiding Judge to compare CAC to register it’s association.

The group in its online application for registration to the CAC in June 2022, TRPA, under the watch of Dibia Chukwuma Ezeoruonye, and two others as the Trustees, requested for the body to be registered as a corporate entity for the promotion of their faith.

But CAC in its reply to the application turned down the request for the registration.

The Commission in its reply to the TRPA on July 11 2022 stated thus: “The CAC regrets to inform you that it was unable to approve any of the names(s) submitted for approval…name not acceptable as their forms of worship and practices are not publicly available.

However, in their application to the court in (Suit No FHC/EN/CS/140/2022) filed through their lawyer, Barr. Obi K. Odo, the traditional religious worshippers argued that by the denial for registration, the Commission has discriminated against the plaintiffs on the ground of their religious worship, contrary to the provision of section 42 of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.

They contended that “Other religious groups have been incorporated by the defendants but chose to deny us just because we are traditional worshippers.

“There is no other way to convince the defendants to go ahead and incorporate us as the Board of Trustee of the Association except by the intervention of this court.

Joined in the suit as co-defendants are the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Attorney General and Minister for Justice.

The Plaintiffs are seeking for a declaration that the CAC denial of approval of Traditional Religious Practitioners’ Association as a name for the purposes of incorporating them as registered Trustees of TRPA is a breach of their right to freedom of religion/worship and discriminatory contrary to the 1999 constitution as amended; stating also that, the refusal under the part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act was ultra vires and unlawful.

The group therefore pleaded with the court for an order compelling CAC to approve the registration; determine if the group could be registered and whether the CAC was right to have denied the approval of the name that does not offend the law.

In his affidavit in support of the originating summon, leader of the TRPA Board of Trustees, Dibia Chukwuma Ezeoruonye stated that the reason given for the denial of the approval does not accord with the circumstances allowed by the law for the CAC to refuse the proposed name and thereby breached their freedom of religion guaranteed in section 38 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Government of Nigeria which is a second defendant on the matter.

It is expected that ,hearing on the suit will commence process upon the resumption of Judges from their annual vacation


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