One of the former board members of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) demanded a monthly ‘settlement’ of N1millon from the President, Iju Tony Nwabunike, as the only condition to make his tenure crisis-free.
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A source close to the association said the ex-BoT member had demanded the settlement directly from Nwabunike who rebuffed him.
It was also gathered that the BoT member had equally contacted one of the executive members of the association to pass the message to the ANLCA President who stood his ground against offering such bribe.
Our source added that since the President refused to yield to the demand, the BoT member has been doing everything to cause crisis in the association.
It was gathered that following the strong position of Nwabunike on making such settlement, the ex-BoT member has been mobilising the Western chapter executives of the association against his administration.
The alleged demand for bribe was made shortly after the President and his other exco members were elected into office.
The Western zone chapters were opposed to the present members of the exco during the election and were surprised at their victory during the poll.
Few weeks ago, some members of the association were arrested along with other hoodlums who had invaded the association’s secretariat.
The suspects attacked the secretariat with arms, including AK-47 rifle, other weapons and charms.
Nwabunike , it was gathered, is insisting that if any former President of the association was bribing the ex-BoT member so that he will not cause trouble, he will not be party for such practice.
For instance, only one chapter of the association in the Western zone pays the usual monthly dues to the national body.
The association has been relying on the strong support being received from other chapters outside Lagos.
Nwabunike on Thursday last week came out in full force to warn some former board members who have been working to create crisis in the association that it will no longer be business as usual.
Nwabunike was not alone in this position, as his Vice President, Dr. Kayode Farinto, Secretary, Alhaji Mukaila Abdulazeez, vowed not to allow the former board members to continue to drag the association backward.
At a press conference at the ANLCA’s secretariat, Lagos, Nwabunike said the association is going ahead to hold a NECOM Annual General Meeting during which new board members will be elected.
He said that from every record and constitution, the six years tenure of the board under which Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha served has since ended in February this year.
He told newsmen that the association would have held its AGM long before now but for the Coronavirus pandemic.
Nwabunike described as a child’s play Mustapha’s plan for tenure elongation through the back door, insisting that his reign and those of others has since ended.
He however said that if Mustapha and others were interested in continuing in office, they should be ready to contest like every other person.
He accused Mustapha and others of working with some chapter chairmen in the Western zone to derail the efforts of the association.
He described the election that brought the chairmen as illegal, adding that once the NECOM meeting holds, there will be a new election in the zone.