Tension Mount as ANLCA Prepares for NEC Meeting on Friday

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– New ASECO Chairman Risks Disqualification over CAC Registration

As the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) prepares for its National Executive Council ( NEC) meeting on Friday, there is tension and bickerings from members on several issues to be discussed and decisions taken at the meeting.

One of such is the ratification of the newly constituted Association Electorial Commission (ASECO) Committee members, after the resignation of its former Chairman, Nze Aloy Igwe.

It could be recalled that, few weeks after the resignation of Nze Aloy Igwe as the ANLCA, ASECO Chairman under controversial circumstances, the ANLCA Board of Trustees ( BOT) chairman, Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha had released a letter on 28th February 2024 nominating five new members as the new ASECO team.

The letter was signed by Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha, ANLCA BOT Chairman and copied the National President of ANLCA and Customs Consultative Council (CCC). The letter reads:

“RECONSTITUTION OF ASSOCIATION ELECTORAL COMMISSION (ASECO)
1.This is to officially extend the new year greetings of the BOT to the National President and his Executive Team.
2. Further to the report given at the last National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at the national secretariat on 31st January 2024, the BOT would like to commend this ASECO for conducting a free, fair and credible NECOM election on the 7th of September, 2023 with strict
supervision of the BOT and the CCC.
3. However, in line with ethical dictates, the BOT has written two letters to the ASECO team to render report/account on the conduct of the election so as to clear the air on some accounting figures outside what was budgeted for the conduct of the election. But the commission has deliberately refused to render the account to the BOT.
4.Meanwhile, in line with Section 25: 2 (c) of ANLCA 2013 constitution, there is compelling need for
the BOT to reconstitute this electoral body.
5. On this note the board hereby send to you the below member’s names to be forwarded to NEC for
ratification.:
(a) Obiora Elochukwu – Mega Trust Point Logistics Ltd
(b) Adebayi Sanusi – Samjays Universal Solutions Ltd
(c) Tope Fatinelin – Topsy Dudu Logsitcs Mantin Ltd.
(d) Francis Itua;- Seveb 86 Impex & Allied Ltd
(e) Erasmus Ekeowa – Erezek Concept Nig Ltd”.

The National President of ANLCA, Emenike Kingsley Nwokeoji, later in another letter appointed Francis Itua of SEVEN86 IMPEX & ALLIED LIMITED as the new ASECO Chairman.The President decision sparked up another rounds of brickering in the association.

As the ANLCA highest decision making body prepares to sit on Friday, facts and documents have surface, showing that, the appointed ASECO Chairman, Francis Itua company, SEVEN86 IMPEX ALLIED LIMITED only renewed his Directorship position in the company on March 22, 2024. Which means that as at 28th February when the ASECO Chairman name was listed among ASECO members, he has long be delisted as a Director in the company.

A perusal of the CAC documents of SEVEN86 IMPEX ALLIED LIMITED shows the name of one Itua Francis Ozimede was been listed as a Director of the Company on 14th, April 2023, but was approved and signed on 22nd March 2024. If this document is anything to go by, then its contravenes ANLCA’s standard and constitution which says such a holder of such office must have his corporate license in practice as ANLCA Corporate membership not less than five (5) years in active capacity.

When contacted on the issue, the National Publicity Secretary of ANLCA, Mr Emmanuel Onyenme said , though he has been hearing about such rumours, but added that if such rumours is true , the NEC will address the matter holistically.

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