By Jon Egie

 

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta state Council has placed 17 of its members of indefinite suspension.

A statement signed by Council Chairman and Secretary, Comrade Mike Ikeogwu and Oyowe Churchill respectively said their suspension was due to anti-union activities.

The implications of the indefinite suspension was that the affected persons would be barred from all activities of the union, including attendance of congresses at the chapel and state levels, denial from participation in elections, press briefings and other programmes organized by the council, the statement added.

Those affected are 17 registered members of the union and eight other media practitioners. They are:

  1. Ebere Obiakor –AIT 2. Alphonsus Agborh- Tribune 3. Austin Azu-Crown/Kpoko FM 4. Amaechi Okwara- Blueprint 5. Anne Eluwa- Pilot 6. Kent Enweliku- Auditor ICC 7. Felix Igbekoyi- Daily Independent/Immediate Past Vice Chairman of the Council 8. Mercy- Business Day 9. Michael Olaniyi- Daily Independent 10. Matthew Ochei- Punch/Treasurer, Asaba Correspondent 11. Barry Agbanigbi- Champion 12. Andy Akeni- Pointer 13. Aiwerie Okungbowa- Nation 14. Chimdi Ogor- Wazobia 15. Nosa Akenzua- Leadership 16. Dew Wilson- DBS Asaba 17. Ejime Udueme- DBS Asaba

Others not currently listed as NUJ members:

  1. Lawrence- AIT 19. Charles Umejei- Grassroots Trumpet 20. Victor Ajunwa- Orient Daily 21. Shola Charles- 22. One Chijioke- Pointer Casual 3. Fred Odu- Gallant Reporters 24. Tony Okunebe- Radial 25. Emeka Akatobi-

“The suspension of the aforementioned members was as a result of their involvement in anti union activities.

“The council views the act by the 25 persons as an open challenge to test the might of its leadership in the state and has decided to prove that it does not just bark as warning but bite with demonstrable sanctions.

“The implication of the indefinite suspension is that the affected persons are barred from all activities of the union, including attendance of congresses at the chapel and state levels, denial from participation in elections, press briefings and other programmes organized by the council.

“Those who are holding elective or appointive positions also stand suspended from such positions. Above all, they cannot get any benefit from the council as long as the indefinite suspension remains in force.

“The affected members will be communicated personally in due course through their respective chapels of the indefinite suspension place on them while the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee is invited to look into their case.

“The national secretariat of the union is already aware of this development and if need be, the council shall not hesitate to communicate the employers of the affected persons for appropriate disciplinary actions. No one is above the law.” The statement concluded.