Stakeholders decry military invasion of Calabar NUJ secretariat

army raidsStakeholders and veteran journalists in Cross River State have condemned the military invasion of the state council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), who allegedly stormed the secretariat, while the union was conducting its 2016 election of officers.

A combined team of the Army, Navy, Air Force, DSS, and Policemen was said to have invaded the secretariat yesterday, allegedly at the instance instance of the Chairman of the union’s caretaker committee Sam Egbala.

This came after earlier attempts to hold the election last Saturday had ended in a fiasco.

In press statements signed by the chairman of college of veteran journalists Victor Effiom and Renny Etta, they also insisted on strict compliance with the constitution of the NUJ in the conduct of rerun election as ordered by the court

The stakeholders condemned the purported election of, “In view of refusal of the National Secretary of the NUJ to comply with the judgment that nullified the Ndoma Akpet-led state Executive on Febraury 24, 2016, and the brazen breach of the NUJ constitution.”

Trouble was said to have started when some journalists had insisted that the court judgment and the constitution of the NUJ be followed in conducting the election.

But a faction of the union led by Uwem ‎James, who was alleged to have acted the script of the national secretary of the union declined, daring any aggrieved party to go to court.

The military personnel, were reported to have shot into the air at the centre, claiming they had orders from above to ensure that only the state government-favoured candidate emerge as winner.

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