The South-East Forum of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria on Thursday called on Inspector General of Police Usman Baba to lead the reopening of the National Secretariat in Lagos, sealed by the Lagos State, in an emergency meeting. Commissioner of Police.
It condemned the invasion of the Secretariat by an innocent Bola Audu with his cohorts to forcibly take over the Secretariat with the active support of the Police Commissioner, Abiodun Alabi, calling it unacceptable.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the emergency meeting held in Enugu on Wednesday evening, the forum warned that if the national secretariat was not immediately unlocked, there would be massive protests from members across the country against the police.
The communiqué, signed by all the presidents and secretaries of the five branches of the South Eastern States of the association, stated that the intervention of the police chief of Lagos, which led to the temporary closure of the national secretariat of the association, amounted to on supporting a group of unscrupulous elements in their attempt to destroy a union that 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 at a meeting in August 2021 for his involvement in child trafficking and anti-union activities.
It wondered why Audu, who filed a lawsuit in a 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 case.
The communiqué read in part: “Following an emergency meeting of the South East Forum of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, held in Enugu on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, attended by all Department and Chapter Chairmen, Secretaries of State and Members of the Central Working Committee out of the zone.
“The forum deliberated on a number of issues and resolved as follows: Die Innocent Bola Audu was expelled by the Association’s National Executive Council, composed of the Association’s leadership from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“Due to his expulsion, he has since ceased to be a member of the association. Therefore, his invasion of the association’s national secretariat is seen as a threat to life and property and a criminal act that should not go unpunished.
“That the intervention of the Police Commissioner, the Lagos State Command, which has led to the temporary closure of the Secretariat, amounts to supporting a group of unscrupulous elements in their attempt to destroy a trade union representing the interests of millions of civil servants/ officials in Nigeria.
“That the IG would call the Lagos State Police Commissioner to order and direct the immediate reopening of the Secretariat or raise mass protests by members of the association across the country.
“The Association’s full membership in the Southeast Zone reaffirms their confidence in the Association’s National Leadership, ably led by Dr. Tommy Etim Okon, the National President and Alade Bashir Lawal, the Secretary General and the entire Central Working Committee (CWC) urging them to take every legitimate measure to ensure that Innocent Bola Audu and his cohorts receive the full weight of the law for their unruly villainy.”
The communiqué was signed by the chairman 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 Chairman Abia, Comrade Sunday Age; Chairman Anambra, Comrade CD Muomaife; Chairman Imo, Comrade Basil Iwu; Chairman Ebonyi, Comrade NM Nwonu; Chairman Enugu and all their secretaries, Comrade Julie Nnam.