Lesbian Equality and Empowerment Initiative has dragged the Corporate Affairs Commission before the Court of Appeal over the refusal of the CAC to register it.
Pamela Adie, LGBT activist, had in 2018 sued the commission for refusing to register the organisation, but lost the case.
However, the activist disclosed on Twitter that she had filed a notice of appeal on the judgement delivered by the Federal High Court.
“Notice of appeal has been filed in the case of Pamela Adie V CAC. As some of you may be aware, I applied to register a non-profit called Lesbian Equality and Empowerment Initiative but was denied by the Nigerian government agency, CAC, because it said ‘lesbian’ was offensive.
“I felt this was an infringement of my constitutional right to freedom of association. My team and I filed a suit against CAC in 2018 at the Federal High Court, Abuja,” Pamela Adie tweeted.
NOTICE OF APPEAL FILED IN THE CASE OF PAMELA ADIE vs. CAC Background: As some of you may be aware, I applied to register a nonprofit called Lesbian Equality & Empowerment Initiative(LEEI) but was denied by the Nigerian govt. agency,
Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC), because it said “Lesbian” was offensive. I felt this was an infringement of my constitutional Right to Freedom of Association. My team and I filed a suit against CAC in 2018 at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
In the same year, the Honorable court delivered a judgment in favor of CAC and cited the discriminatory Section 4 of the Same Sex Marriage(Prohibition) Act of 2013 as a reason for denial of my constitutional right to Freedom of Association.
As law abiding citizens of this great country, Nigeria, we are pursuing all available legal options and have filed a notice of appeal at the Federal Court of Appeal in Abuja, Nigeria. This marks the beginning of the appeal process.
Some of you have reached out to ask about the case. If you would like to stay updated, please follow
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I thank everyone who has supported our pursuit for justice and fairness as we follow due process to ensure that the constitutionally guaranteed right to Freedom of Association is enjoyed by EVERY Nigerian. Thank you. – Pamela Adie