The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has dismissed as lacking in merit, 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.
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.
According to Justice Dimgba, “Section 30(1) (c) of CAMA reads; ”No company shall be registered under this Act by a name which- (c) in the opinion of the Commission is capable of being misleading as to the nature or extent of its activities or is undesirable, offensive or otherwise contrary to public policy.”
The judgment followed a suit that was 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.