The National Union of Banks Insurance and Financial Institution Employees (NUBIFIE) has chided the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment against contempt of court on its position regarding the leadership crisis rocking the union.
In a letter written through its lawyer to the Ministry of Labour dated 9th Nov. 2017, titled ” RE: COMRADE DANJUMA MUSA VS HON. MINISTER OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT & 9 OTHERS: SUIT NO NICN/ABJ/322/2017: THE NEED TO REFRAIN FROM COMMITTING CONTEMPT OF COURT” ,the union issued a warning to the Ministry against going ahead to set up a caretaker committee to oversee the affairs of the union which would amount to contempt of court since the case is already in court.
The letter read in part,” …you are hereby given notice of this suit and pending motion and therefore advised you not to wittingly and/or unwittingly commit contempt of court and refrain from dealing with the 2nd to the 13th Defendants in this suit until this suit is determined”.
While a copy of the substantive suit and motion was attached to the letter.
“You would have noticed that among the processes is a motion on Notice for interlocutory order restraining ‘the 1st Defendant (you),his agents, servants, officers, or anybody acting through him or for him however so described to continue to recognise the Claimants as the valid National Officer of NUBIFIE and cooperate with them to steer the leadership of NUBIFIE pending the hearing and determination of the Originating Summons filed in this suit’, until the court has had an opportunity to review the illegality or otherwise of your setting up of the caretaker committee.
“We further emphasis to you that the pendency of both the motion and the substantive suit has activated the doctrine of Lis Pendens…” read the letter.
It would be recalled that NUBIFIE has been engulfed in a leadership crisis after the last Delegate Conference of the union after which Comrade Danjuma Musa (the incumbent President) and former treasurer of the union, Comrade Rasheed Lukman have been laying claim to the leadership of the union.
The Federal Ministry of Labour had however warned the two Warring parties to close rank or none of them would be recognised as the leader of the union.
Meanwhile their failures to resolve among themselves have prompted the Federal Ministry of Labour to set up a caretaker committee to oversee the affairs of the union which has now become a subject of litigation.
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