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Ogun NUJ crisis: Police kick out caretaker chairman, lock offices

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By Our Correspondent


In a dramatic twist, policemen on Tuesday kicked out the controversial caretaker committee chairman of the Ogun State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Omolola Adeyinka. 

The law enforcement agents, who were drafted to the NUJ State Secretariat in Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, to restore order, drove out the caretaker chairman for being an impostor and for illegally occupying the seat in breach of a subsisting court judgement. 

SalientTimes had reported that the National Industrial Court of Nigeria sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, in a judgement delivered on February 24, 2021, affirmed Comrade Soji Amosu as the duly elected chairman of the Ogun NUJ. 

The court had earlier in November 2019 granted an injunction, restraining the NUJ President, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, and other respondents in the suit from interfering with the position of Amosu and three other claimants. 

But Adeyinka, who retired about six months ago as a Director of Local Government Administration, stormed the Ogun NUJ Secretariat on Monday and criminally broke into the offices of the Union. 

She, in company with few supporters, now at large, had spuriously claimed that the National Executive Council (NEC) of NUJ which met in Asaba, Delta State on Friday, April 16, 2021, mandated her committee to take over the running of affairs of Ogun NUJ, thus igniting pandemonium and uproar at the Secretariat. 

Amosu promptly reported the matter to the police, who immediately swung into action and forced the embattled Adeyinka out of her illegally occupied office. 

The police, our Correspondent gathered later asked the caretaker chairman to report to the station on the directive of the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun. 

Some of those who criminally broke into the Union offices, include one Wale Oluokun, who parades himself as the caretaker secretary, stayed away from the Secretariat apparently for fear of being arrested by the police. 

Before Adeyinka was booted out on Tuesday, the police had pleaded with her to voluntarily leave without being forced to. 

The police pointedly told her that the NEC directive, which she relied on to justify her invasion of the Secretariat, is not superior to a court judgement.

For more than one hour, all the appeal made to the embattled caretaker chairman fell on deaf ears as she insisted that she was representing the Union as directed by NEC.