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Members of the Edo State Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) have expressed grim disturbance by the action of some members of its Executive in the misappropriation of N5million meant for the NUJ, Edo State Council.
Arising from a meeting which held on Monday 25th September, the Congress of the Chapel resolved as follows:
That the suspension order by the NUJ State Congress on the Secretary of the Union, Mr. Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu (The Guardian) who is a member of the chapel, the chapel Chairman, Simon Ebegbulem (Vanguard), Vice Chairman, Cajetan Mmuta (New Telegraph), Secretary, Patrick Ochoga (Leadership) and Financial Secretary, Ehis Igbaugba (News Agency of Nigeria) is hereby upheld.
That also upheld, is the state council’s suspension order on the journalists who are from the chapel including Tony Osauzo (Sun), Adekunbi Ero (Tell), Friday Otabor Osagie (Nation) and Adibe Emenyonu (This Day) Newspapers.
That to prevent a vacuum in the leadership of the chapel, Mrs. Nefishetu Yakubu of the News Agency of Nigeria (Treasurer), Mr. Osaigbovo Iguobaro (Peoples Daily), Idris Momoh (Business Day), Barnabas Uzosike (Vanguard) and Patrick Ahanor (Blueprint) were mandated to serve as Management Committee of the chapel. Nefishetu Yakubu emerged as the Acting Chairman while Iguobaro Osaigbovo becomes the Acting Secretary.
That whereas the suspended Chapel Secretary, Patrick Ochoga (Leadership) refused to open the Chapel Secretariat inspite of several calls by members as venue for this congress, he refused; Congress will decide his fate at its next sitting on Friday, 29th September 2017.
That the Edo State Government, Nigeria Police, Directorate of State Services and other security agencies, Corporate organisations, commercial banks and the general public are to take note that the above mentioned members cease to be acting on the Chapel’s behalf until the State Congress acts otherwise.
That all commercial bank accounts belonging to the NUJ Correspondents chapel are frozen forthwith.
That the suspended members are to return all Chapel properties and monies such as the keys to the Chapel bus, keys to the Chapel secretariat, bank documents and official receipts and minute books etc, in their possession to the Chapel Management Committee on or before 12noon 27th September, 2017.
The communiqué was copied to the Executive Governor of Edo state, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, the Oba of Benin, the Chief Judge, the State Commissioner of Police, the State Director of State Security as well as the state Director of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp.