Bayelsa NUJ crisis deepens; Court restrains chairman, five others from further financial transaction.
End seems not in sight to the crisis rocking the Bayelsa State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, as a Yenagoa High Court recently granted an order of interlocutory injunction restraining its Chairman; Mr. Tarinyo Akono and five others from further financial transactions on behalf of the union.
Giving the order in a suit no. YHC/36/2014 filed by the plaintiff, Mr. Easterday Ayibaitare and has as defendants, Mr. Tarinyo Akono, Mr Samson Opokuma, Mr Cyril Addy, Maria Olodi Osuma, Timinipre Idoko and Moses Omorogbe; Justice Margaret Akpomiemie said the order remains pending the determination of the substantive suit.
In addition, the defendants have been ordered to suspend all activities relating to the operation of the Council account at the Union Bank of Nigeria, Plc.
However, the Judge has ordered the claimant/applicant to undertake to pay the sum of five hundred thousand naira (500,000.00) only as damages if the substantive suit is found to be frivolous.
To ensure quick dispensation of justice, Justice Akpomiemie further ordered that the substantive suit be given accelerated hearing.
The Treasurer of the union; Mr Easterday Ayibaitare had dragged the chairman and five others to court over an alleged mismanagement of funds.