The group condemns the invasion of the secretariat by the ex-president and the police

The South Eastern Forum of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, at an emergency meeting on Thursday, called on the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to order the reopening of his national secretariat in Lagos sealed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.

He condemned the invasion of the secretariat by an Innocent Bola Audu with his acolytes to forcibly seize the secretariat with the active support of the police commissioner, Abiodun Alabi, calling it unacceptable.

In a statement issued after the emergency meeting held in Enugu on Wednesday evening, the forum warned that if its national secretariat was not unsealed immediately, there would be a massive protest by members across the country against the police.

The communiqué, signed by all the presidents and secretaries of the five sections of the association in the South Eastern States, specifies that the intervention of the boss of the police of Lagos, which led to the temporary closure of the national secretariat of the association, is tantamount to supporting a group of unscrupulous elements in their attempt to destroy a union which represents the interests of millions of civil servants in the country.

The forum explained that Audu, who was elected national president of the association in July 2020, was expelled from the association by the National Executive Council during a meeting in August 2021 for his involvement in child trafficking. and anti-union activities.

He wondered why Audu, who filed a lawsuit in the Federal Capital Territory High Court against his suspension and subsequent expulsion from the association, will resort to self-help; and advised him to wait for the court’s final decision on the matter.

The statement read in part: “After an emergency meeting of the South Eastern Forum of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, held on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 in Enugu, attended by all Branch and Chapter Presidents , Secretaries of State and Members of the Zone Central Working Committee.

“The forum deliberated on a number of issues and resolved as follows: That Innocent Bola Audu was expelled by the association’s National Executive Council, comprising the association’s leadership from the 36 States and Territory of the federal capital.

“By his expulsion, he has since ceased to be a member of the association. Therefore, his invasion of the association’s national secretariat is considered a threat to life and property and a criminal act that must not go unpunished.

“That the intervention of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, which led to the temporary closure of the secretariat, amounts to supporting a group of unscrupulous elements in their attempt to destroy a union which represents the interests of millions of civil servants/civil servants in Nigeria.

“Let the IG call the Lagos State Commissioner of Police to order and direct the immediate reopening of the secretariat or face a massive protest from association members across the country.

“The entire membership of the Association in the South East Zone reaffirms their vote of confidence in the national leadership of the Association ably led by Dr. Tommy Etim Okon, National President and Alade Bashir Lawal, Secretary General and the entire Central Working Committee (CWC) and urges them to take all legitimate steps to ensure that Innocent Bola Audu and his cronies face the full weight of the law for their unruly rascality.

The communiqué was signed by the President of the Forum, Comrade Mike Nwonu; Forum Secretary, Comrade C I. Igbokwe; National Vice-President, Comrade KO Ngene; National ex officio member, comrade Samson Okere.

Others are President Abia, Comrade Sunday Age; President Anambra, Comrade CD Muomaife; President Imo, Comrade Basil Iwu; President Ebonyi, Comrade NM Nwonu; President Enugu and all their secretaries, Comrade Julie Nnam.

Jennifer C. Burleigh