By Godwin Oritse
THE leadership tussle in the freight forwarding industry in Nigeria has taken a turn for theworse as aÂ front line freight forwarder and President of the National Council of Managing Directors Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA) Mr Lucky Amiwero was on Sunday arrested for resisting arrest and was subsequently charged to court the following day.
Trouble started for Amiwero when he challenged his removal from office byÂ an opposition in the Council who also dissolved the Executives of the group and put in place an interim Executive,
Sources close to the Amiweroâ€™s family told Vanguard that two plain cloths policemen came to his residence on Sunday morning, showed him a warrantÂ and told him (Amiwero) that he was under arrest.
Amiwero, suspecting the policemen asked them for identification, which the policemen were unable to produce, and immediately a scuffle ensued and ran into his compound and locked the gates.
The policemen sensing trouble went back to the station, mobilized, and came back with a battalion of about thirty (30) policemen who broke into Amiwero compound, went to his bed room and beat him his wife and two other family members.
It was however gathered that the seasoned freight forwarder had initially been invited to the Police station to hand over the asset and liabilities of the group, a request he vehemently opposed saying that â€œthese people are not members of the Council.
As at the time of filing this report, he was yet to be granted bail.
Speaking on the development, the founder of the National Association of Government ApprovedÂ Freight Forwarder (NAGAFF) Dr Boniface Aniebonam expressed worry at what has befall Amiwero and called for restrain.
Speaking in similar vein, the Chairman of the Council Registered Freight Forwarders of Bigeria (CRFFN) Mr Tony Nwabunike sad that he has been told about the development , adding he cannot do any thing about until it is officially communicated to him.
He explained that it is when the matter is related to him officially that he can take it up with the minister of Transport.
Meanwhile members of the group who have sympathy for their embattled leader has threatened to down tools and shut down the ports if Amiwero is not released immediately.
It would be recalled that Amiwero went to court to challenge the out come of the election conducted by the Nigerian Shippersâ€™ Council for the CRFFN.
For several months both management of the Nigerian Shippersâ€™ Council and the Tony Nwabunike led CRFFN tried to broker peace between Lucky Amiwero and Council all to no avail, until a group of people came together to remove him as president with a view to moving the freight forwarding industry forward.