ANLCA crisis: Warring factions explore out-of-court settlement 

Why ANLCA is in crisis
President, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agent (ANLCA), Tony Iju Nwabunike.


A new twist was added to the crisis rocking the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) on Thursday, as one of the warring factions sought an amicable out-of-court settlement.

The ANLCA crisis started in 2018 shortly after the new executives led by Tony Iju Nwabunike were elected into office.

A former Chairman of the Apapa chapter of the association, Olumide Fakanlu, and a member, Gideon John Nwagbaraocha, had dragged Nwabunike and other members of the ANLCA national executives before the Federal High Court in Lagos, seeking a restraining order to stop them from parading themselves as executives of the association.

On August 26, 2020, Justice Rilwan Aikawa issued a court order restraining all the National Executive Committee (NECOM) members from parading themselves as officers of the association. However, the plaintiffs accused the president and other executives of violating the restraining order.

But at the resumed hearing of the matter before Justice Daniel Emeka Osiagor on Thursday, counsel to the plaintiffs, Olu Daramola SAN, reportedly informed the court that the defendants “have made overtures for out-of-court settlement” and that he was discussing with the counsel for the ANLCA national executives in this regard. He therefore sought a date to report the terms of settlement to the court.

Justice Osiagor consequently adjourned the matter to February 9, 2022 for the report of the settlement.

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