By Festus Ahon ASABA – NATIONAL President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Dr Nasir Fagge may be committed to prison for disobeding the National Industrial Court.
Chairman of the Delta University Abraka, Prof Abel Diakparomre had on behalf of himself and the chapter dragged Dr Nasir Fagge and the National body of the union to court for not recognizing him as the duly elected Chairman of the chapter.
The court had in the suit No. NICN/ABJ/44/2014 retrained Fagge and ASUU from conducting a bye-election into the chairmanship position of ASUU chapter, Delta State University Abraka or appointing anybody in acting capacity.
In the order of interim injunction given by President of the National Industrial Court, Justice B. A Adejumo and renewed by the Presiding judge of the Industrial Court sitting in Enugu, Justice Auwal Ibrahim, the court said Fagge would be guilty of contempt of court and shall be liable to be sent to prison unless he obeys the orders of the Court.
The National President, Dr Nasir Fagge had after the election of Prof Abel Diakparomre barred him from attending the National Executive Council, NEC, and had appointed several persons to act as Chairman of the branch but declined until one Dr Emmanuel Nwafor who was elected in the said election held on 12th February 2014 as Investment Officer was appointed to act as the branch Chairman against orders of the court.
Among orders of the Court was an order restraining Dr Nasir Fagge “either by themselves, privies, assigns, agents, surrogates, or other persons or authorities claiming authorities from them or any person whosoever from however acting in anyway upon the refusal of First Defendant to accredit the Claimant as Chairman, Accademic Staff Union of Universities of the Delta State University, Abraka Branch (ASUU -DELSU) at the NEC meeting of Accademic Staff Union of Universities and pronouncing the Second Defendant as Acting Chairman, Accademic Staff Union of Universities of the Delta State University, Abraka Branch (ASUU -DELSU).”
The matter which came up for hearing Tuesday could not be heard due to the absence of the presiding judge.