Court orders arrest of NUJ president over contempt

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The National Industrial Court sitting in Makurdi on Thursday ordered the Commissioner of Police to effect the arrest of the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Chris Isiguzo, national secretary, Leman Shuaib and the Vice President Zone D, Wilson Bako over contempt of court.

Also, the court ordered the arrest of all those that emerged as winners of the Benue council election conducted on July 3, 2021 as well as the chairman of the credentials committee, Chris Apuu and Secretary, James Shim of the said election.

A member of the NUJ, Orduen Dura of the State Information chapel had earlier dragged the union before the National Industrial Court, Makurdi Division seeking interpretation whether the national secretariat of the union has right to violate its constitution by qualifying candidates that were disqualified by the credentials.

It was based on Dura’s action that the court handed an injunction restraining the national secretariat of the NUJ from conducting the election until the determination of the matter.

But, the immediate past Acting chairman of the council, Kajo Martins was, however, let off the hook for complying with the order of the court by staying away from the said election.

Presiding Judge, Justice I.J. Essien, who handed the order in the court, also described, Bemdoo Ugber, who purportedly won the said election as ‘illegal’ chairman when he (Ugber) through his lawyer had sought to be joined in the case as a defendant.

The judge further ordered Ugber and his executive to stop parading themselves as leaders of the union in the state and to handover any property of the union in his position to the Interim Caretaker Committee led by Steven Ijoh.

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