.Takes case to FG, IGP
•He wants to tarnish my image —Tee Mac
By Benjamin Njoku
FOLLOWING the unending leadership crisis rocking the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria,PMAN, for many years now, the leadership of the union has taken their fight to another dimension. In a statement jointly signed by PMAN president, Pretty Okafor and his Secretary, Kenny George, the union has written a letter to the Inspector General of Police with copies to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation, seeking government intervention in the crisis rocking the union.
In the letter dated April 25, 2016 and titled ‘’Monumental Fraud, Stealing, Forgery and Criminal Conversion of PMAN Landed Property in Abuja Against Mr Tee Mac and his Cohorts’’, the union states that the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria ‘’PMAN’’ as registered under the Trade Unions Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was allocated a parcel of land measuring more than eight hectares.
‘’It was for the purpose of developing a modern day music and entertainment complex in Abuja by the federal government of Nigeria in 1992 and thereafter reallocated between 1999 and 2003,’’ the letter read.
The leadership of PMAN also claimed that while arrangements were being made to develop the place in accordance with the original plan, Mr. Tee Mac in 2010, allegedly went to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and registered Musician Association of Nigeria – using the same acronym PMAN.”
Noting that the Trade Union Act, Section 20 and as amended makes it a criminal offence for anybody or group of persons to register an association or union similar to an existing one. They added that Tee Mac was neither an officer nor an official of PMAN as at 2010 when he committed the act. “Since the illegal acquisition of the land, he has not allowed peace to reign in PMAN as he keeps sponsoring one form of crisis or the other, amongst other things,’’ they added.
The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase is said to have set up a high-powered investigation into the matter. Meanwhile, when WG contacted Tee Mac on the telephone, the legendary flutist confirmed that he was in Abuja on Wednesday to meet with the AIG. He lamented that Pretty Okafor and Kenny George are on a mission to tarnish his image.
On the allegation levelled against him that he converted PMAN parcel of land in Abuja to his own, Tee Mac refuted it, saying the land is still registered in PMAN’s name. “I got a certification from the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development that the land is still registered in the name of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria,”he said.
Explaining further, Tee Mac added, “There was a notification in February, by one Pretty Okafor who got a fraudulent ruling, using one of my old cases in the Federal High Court that he’s the interim PMAN Chairman, and not PMAN president. But we are back in the court to set aside that ruling. He then went to Zone 2 in Abuja, alleging that the PMAN parcel of land which I just renewed was fraudulently sold by me.”
They now invited Pretty Okafor to come and prove why he got an arrest warrant against me in February, but he didn’t show up. The case has been taken to the office of Inspect General of Police, and I was in Abuja yesterday(Wednesday) with the documents to state my own case.”