Crisis rocking the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON, reached palpable heights on Tuesday, as the Hon. Alabi Kolade-led faction parading itself as officials of the association defied a restraining court order.
Hon. Kolade is allegedly the controversial Chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Area, LCDA, who is keen on perpetuating injustice to the Interim Management Commission, IMC of ALGON.
The IMC led by Hon. Abdullahi Maje had secured the court order from the Federal High Court, Abuja. Upon resuming duties in the office, the IMC was harassed by the Kolade-led faction
According to sources, the court had issued the order when it learnt that Kolade, was elected as the National President of ALGON in error, and considering that the Bariga Local Government Area is not part of the 774 recognized local government areas in the country.
Journalists including our correspondent who were at the ALGON premises on Tuesday to monitor the compliance to the court order, were harassed and thrown out by one Mr Malik, the Chief of Staff to Hon. Kolade and one Vernatius Okafor, the Chief Protocol Officer of the faction.
The Court Order was dated August 6 and issued by Justice H. Mu’azu, with Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CV/C3/378/2021.
“An order of Interim Injunction is granted, retraining the 1st Defendant or any other agencies or organ of Federal Government of Nigeria from in anyway whatsoever arresting, harassing, intimidating or violating the rights of the plaintiffs, agents, employees and subordinates,” part of the order read.
Also, upon receiving the court order, Hajiya Binta Bello, the acclaimed Secretary General of the association, and the DSS operatives who were sent to carry out another round of arrest, distanced selves from the situation.