Members of the Ebonyi State branch of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, have impeached the executive committee of the union, led by Jude Ukahson, for alleged embezzlement.
They also appointed a three-man caretaker committee to handle the affairs of the union for three months.
The decision was reached at an emergency meeting held at High Court Complex, Abakaliki.
The impeachment of the executive committee followed an allegation of embezzlement of “over N5 million” belonging to the union.
According to their findings, the suspended executive committee allegedly withdrew the money from the bank account of the union without following due process.
Two union leaders, Dominic Obirija and Eugene Okafor, said the union discovered that the executive members were also making illegal deductions from the monthly contributions of the union members.
They said a committee of elders set up by the state judiciary to investigate the allegations recommended that the executive committee should step aside, while a caretaker committee to manage the affairs of the union should be appointed.
After the committee’s presentation, members of the union called for the impeachment of the executives and appointment of a caretaker committee
In an acceptance speech, the chairman of the caretaker committee, Oko Nnachi, assured members that the union would be repositioned for the election of a new executive council in three months’ time.
But in a swift reaction, the impeached chairman of the union, Jude Ukahson, described his removal as a nullity, stating that it was only the national body of the union that had the constitutional powers to dissolve his executive committee.
Mr Ukahson pointed out that the executive conducted its affairs in line with the constitutional provisions and denied allegations of financial mismanagement levelled against him and other members of the committee.
He stated that the matter had been reported to the national leadership of the union and enjoined aggrieved members to embrace peace to enable the union to move forward.
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