The meeting was convened at instance of concerned members of the chapel who felt by the action of its Executive and some members in the misappropriation of N5-million meant for the NUJ, Edo State Council.
Congress met and resolved as follows:
That the suspension order by the NUJ State Congress on the Secretary of the Union, Mr. Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu (Guardian) who is a member of the chapel, the chapel Chairman, Simon Ebegbulem (Vanguard), Vice Chairman, Cajetan Mmuta (New Telegraph), Secretary, Patrick Ochoga (Leadership) and Financial Secretary, Ehis Igbaugba (News Agency of Nigeria) is hereby upheld.
That also upheld, is the state council’s suspension order on some chapel members including Tony Osauzo (Sun), Adekunbi Ero (Tell), Friday Otabor Osagie (Nation) and Adibe Emenyonu (This Day) Newspapers.
That to prevent a vacuum in the leadership of the chapel, Mrs. Nefishetu Yakubu of the News Agency of Nigeria (Treasurer), Mr. Osaigbovo Iguobaro (Peoples Daily), Idris Momoh (Business Day), Barnabas Uzosike (Vanguard) and Patrick Ahanor (Blueprint) were mandated to serve as Management Committee of the chapel.
That whereas the suspended Chapel Secretary, Patrick Ochoga (Leadership) refused to open the Chapel Secretariat inspite of several calls by members as venue for this congress, he refused; Congress will decide his fate at its next sitting on Friday, 29th September 2017.
That the Edo State Government, Nigeria Police, Directorate of State Services and other security agencies, Corporate organizations, commercial banks and the general public are to take note that the above mentioned members cease to be acting on the Chapel’s behalf until the State Congress acts otherwise.
That all commercial bank accounts belonging to the NUJ Correspondents chapel are frozen forthwith.
That the suspended members are to return all Chapel Properties and Monies such as the Keys to the Chapel Bus, Keys to the Chapel Secretariat Bank Documents and Official Receipts and Minute Books etc, in their possession to the Chapel Management Committee on or before 12noon September 27th, 2017.
Nefishetu Yakubu Acting Chairman Iguobaro Osaigbovo