Buhari appoints new ACJMC secretary, renews Legal Aid, NCC DGs’ tenure


President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the renewal of the tenures of Aliyu Abubakar and John Asein as director-general of the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria (LACON) and the Nigerian Copyright Commission, respectively.

This is contained in a statement issued by Modupe Ogundoro, spokeswoman for the Federal Ministry of Justice, on Sunday.

The statement said Mr Abubakar’s appointment was renewed for a second and final tenure of four years vide letter Ref: PRES/97/HAGF/174 of January 12, 2023, in line with section 3 (1) and (2) of the Legal Aid Act, CAP. L9.


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Similarly, Mr Asein’s appointment was also renewed for a second and final tenure of four (4) years vide letter Ref: PRES/97/HAGF/175 of January 12, 2023, in line with section 36 (1) and (2) of the Nigerian Copyright Commission Act, CAP C28.

In a related development, the president also approved the appointment of Abiodun Aikomo as the Secretary of the Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee (ACJMC) for an initial period of four years in line with section 471 (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 vide letter Ref: PRES/97/HAGF/173.

The re-appointments of Messrs Abubakar and Asein took effect on January 12, while the appointment of Mr Aikomo took effect on January 16.

According to the statement, their emoluments and other conditions of service were provided for under the Certain Political Office Holders (Salaries and Allowances, etc.) (Amendment) Act 2008.

The letters noted that the renewal of the duo’s appointment was predicated on the laudable achievements recorded by the two agencies during their first tenures. 

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