Abuja court throws out suit seeking registration of lesbian group

A suit challenging the refusal of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)‎, to register a same sex group under the aegis of “Lesbian Equality and Empowerment Initiatives,” has been dismissed by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Vanguardngr reports that the court, in a judgment that was delivered by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, held that the decision of CAC not to register the group was in compliance with section 30 (1) (c) of the Companies And Allied Matters Act (CAMA) Cap C20 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004. .

It held that where the proposed name of a company or its aims and objectives are caught by the provisions of Section 30 (1) (c) of CAMA, the Respondent (CAC), is duly empowered to reject such an application for reservation of name or registration. .

The judgment followed a suit filed by one Pamela Adie, who disclosed that she had sometime in October 2017, established “Lesbian Equality and Empowerment Initiatives” with an aim to advocate for the rights of Nigerians that have inclination to same sex relationships. .

She told the court that in her bid to legitimize the group, she applied to the CAC through her lawyer, Fajenyo‎ Kayode for the reservation of the association’s name. .

However, the Commission declined to approve the proposed name on the ground that it was misleading and contrary to public policy.

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