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Mass resignation hits NUJ over alleged land scandal

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Four members of the Executive Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Borno state chapter have tendered a joint resignation letter to protest alleged corrupt deals by some prominent members of the executives.

The letter, which was tendered through their respective chapels was copied to security agencies and the national body of the union in Abuja, following what they described as breach of trust and direct attempt to damage their integrity by the Bulama Talba led council.

Talba, a director in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Information and Culture is also the Director of Press Affairs in the office of the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Usman Kadafur, National Trail reports.

The chairman was alleged to have connived with his Secretary and another executive member in a deal that allegedly saw to selling of four plots of land at the cost of N12 million out of the over 12 plots earlier allocated to the union as permanent site by former governor Kashim Shettima.

The landed property is located along Maiduguri-Biu road within the metropolis.

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The aggrieved NUJ officials who reportedly tendered their resignation letters collectively are; Babagana Bukar from Borno Radio and Television (BRTV) who was the Vice Chairman of the Union while Mrs Hauwa Bata of the Peace FM Maiduguri was the sidelined Treasurer.

Others aggrieved officials who signed the joint resignation letter, and believed to have not been carried along in the scheme of the Union are Chiroma Ali Ibrahim of Peace FM who was the Assistant Secretary, as well as Mr. Dauda Iliya of Radio Nigeria, a member of the Correspondents’ Chapel who was the financial secretary of the union.

The aggrieved persons allegation was contained in an internal memo which was presented to national secretariat, state body of the union, and all the other seven chapels that made up the council dated Monday 23, January 2022.

 

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