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Police seal off CAPDAN secretariat in Computer Village

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By Prince Osuagwu

The Nigeria Police has taken over the secretariat of the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria, CAPDAN, at Ikeja Computer Village, in a bid to quench the devastating power tussle among the market leaders.

Hi-Tech noticed movement of heavily armed policemen from Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, suspected to be from Area F, since weekend.

The armed policemen prevented movements of people into and out of the CAPDAN secretariat, located inside Ikeja Computer Village.

Close sources told Hi-Tech that the policemen were invited following alleged refusal by the current executive of CAPDAN to hold a fresh election or hand over power to duly constituted caretaker committee after the expiration of their tenure.

Current CAPDAN executives led by Mr. Adeniyi Ojikutu, were said to have completed the stipulated two terms in office according to the constitution, but refused to conduct election and handover to another executive, prompting CAPDAN Board of Trustees to quickly constitute a caretaker committee that will take over and conduct election within two months as the CAPDAN constitution stipulates.

A letter written by the Board of Trustees to the current CAPDAN executive, dated July 30, 2018, which was made available to the media, read: “Please refer to our letter dated 10th July, 2018, particularly to paragraph three thereof concerning the plan by the Caretaker Committee to take over from the present executive members and conduct a fresh election in line with the provisions of the constitution.”

The letter listed the members of the caretaker committee to include: Mr. Tunde Aremu as Chairman; Chief Viginus Odinaka as Vice-Chairman; Mr. James Odia as Secretary, Alhaji Tope Alebiosu as member and Mrs. Joke Sofowora as member.  Having written the letter, the caretaker committee gathered last Friday for the inauguration and handover, but they were surprised to see the presence of armed policemen who prevented them from holding the inauguration and handover in the secretariat.

Reacting to the situation, Ojikutu said the caretaker committee was illegally constituted without the presence of CAPDAN President and Secretary. He added that the committee wanted to force him out of office whereas he has not completed his three years of one-tenure as stipulated by the constitution. “The constitution allows for three years tenure and we have spent just two years, and they want us out,” Ojikutu said.

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