A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has ordered the Board of Trustees (BOT) recently elected in Owerri by some members of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) to stop parading themselves as such, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
The Court gave the order, following a Suit (FHC/KN/CS/79/2021) instituted by the registered Board of Trustees (BOT) members of ANLCA, challenging the AGM/BOT elections held in Owerri – Imo State on the 16th of December 2020.
Specifically, the Court ordered: “That the 7th to 24th Defendants/Respondents either by themselves, their servants, privies, and agents or whosoever are restrained from acting, signing or writing letters and parading themselves as Trustees of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents pending the hearing and final determination of the Motion on Notice.”
Reacting to the order, a member of the association said it was good and timely, because it would restore the desired level playing ground to all members; and subsequently, ensure peace reigns through dialogue.
Adumaza Joe Sanni, a Media Adviser to ANLCA (& Former SSA media to the IPNP of ANLCA) also expressed concern that nerves had been unnecessarily frailed and innocent members humiliated, before the tool that would ensure peace was secured.
“This order has finally brought the much-desired level playing field for all parties to come to a roundtable to discuss the way forward in ANLCA, rather than the tormentors/offenders feeling too big and indispensable to discuss in the presently subsisting ANLCA crisis, for almost three years now”, Adumaza Joe Sanni stated, noting that some members had even verbally hurt others, beginning from April 2018.
“They told their followers that the BOT of 2014 expired since 7th January 2020, whereas, that BOT’s tenure was supposed to expire (if they were properly registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission in 2014) on the 12th February 2020, having been elected on the 13th of February 2014 in Wellington Hotel, Warri –Delta State.
“So, with that registration, the BOT of ANLCA became formally constituted and have since being discharging their constitutional responsibilities as enshrined in the Supreme Constitution of ANLCA 2008 (as amended)
“This latest FHC Kano order of 25th day of March 2021, reaffirms a similar order by Justice Oguntoyinbo in Suit FHC/L/CS/599/2020. This case is still pending in the court for final determination.
“The implication of this order is that, despite persistent warnings that the Owerri outing was unlawful, running directly against subsisting, unvacated valid orders of several courts, Tony Iju, and his co-travelers continued disobeying the order with impunity. This is the final bus stop for “them” as, they can no longer behave as if we are all in a jungle, where law and order does not prevail.
“To make matters worse, the last known registered BOT was in year 2001. This fact came to light during the process of formally registering the BOT.
“Henry Njoku, till date has not been able to show the world the certificate of registration of the BOT he superintended over for twelve years to the public. Upon this, he rode roughshod over every member of ANLCA illegally and illegitimately, without being accountable to ANLCA or to anyone, forgetting that a day of reckoning like this will come.
“If Henry Njoku thinks otherwise, he should be man enough to show the world the CAC registration certificate that carries his name and members of his Board, since 2008 when he became an unofficial BOT member and Chairman, apart from that of 16th January 2020”, Sanni stated further.
The Suit No. FHC/KN/CS/79/2021 has been adjourned to 21/4/2021 for hearing.
Efforts is still being made to secure the official reaction of the ANLCA President, Nwabunike Tony Iju, who understandably may still be mourning, over his godly mother, who passed on to Glory, at the weekend.