By Abiodun Ali
policemen Command, Ogun State on Tuesday kicked out the illegal Caretaker chairman of the Ogun State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mrs. 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.
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 and has now constitueted herself a puppet in the hands of some shameless and infamous leaders of stormed the Ogun NUJ Secretariat on Monday and criminally broke into the offices of the Union.
She, in company of a 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 team 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, we gathered later asked the caretaker chairman and her team 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’s offices, included amongst others: 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 the office without being forced to, because according to them
the NEC directive, which she relied on to justify her invasion of the Secretariat was 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.