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ANLCA dismisses Kano Court Injunction as time-barred —says association was not served—  plaintiffs not our members—Farinto

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The intractable crisis rocking the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents(ANLCA),has taken a plung for the worse as the association has dismissed the Kano court injunction which purportedly sacked the newly elected BOT
headed by Dr Taiwo Afolabi as time-barred.
It was gathered that Taiwo Mustapha -led BOT, which has since been declared illegal and illegitimate by the National Executive Council(NECOM) of ANLCA, had approached the Federal High Court in Kano Judicial Division which issued an order of interim injunction, restraining  Tony Nwabunike, the ANLCA President, key members of his National Executive Committee (NECOM) as well as Chairman of SIFAX Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi and other members who emerged winners in the Board of Trustees (BOT) election conducted in Owerri 2020.

The court also restrained Afolabi-Taiwo- led BOT from acting,signing or writing letters and parading themselves as Trustees of ANLCA.

But in a swift reaction, Kayode Farinto, the Vice-Chairman of ANLCA, disclosed that the purported court injunction was time-barred as it was issued on March 25th, 2021 and its validity expired within the seven days it was issued.

Farinto, who is also the Chairman of the National Discplinary Committee of the Association, claimed that none of the persons named as defendants in the suit was either served as a person or through the National Secretariat of the Associstion in Lagos or its Kano office.

“Firstly, there was no injunction because up till now, we have not been served, either at the National Secretariat or in Kano.

“Secondly, the man (Chief Taiwo Mustapha) who got the purported injunction is not known to ANLCA. He is not a member.

”Thirdly, the injunction was said to have been issued on March 25th, 2021. So it is time- barred after seven days.

”The injunction has expired. It has nothing to do with us.

“The BOT led by Dr Taiwo Afolabi is intact”, declared Farinto.

He further disclosed that Taiwo Mustapha and all his cohorts who are formenting trouble in ANLCA have all been suspended for anti- association activities by the National Descplinary Committee which he heads.

“There is a new development today(Wednesday). All these people have been suspended from ANLCA and they are not our members again” Farinto revealed.

He disclosed that the association has accordingly transmitted the resolution to the affected persons

Farinto said the decision to sack Taiwo and his men would not further plunge ANLCA into deeper crisis as people may think, saying the decision  was taken in the best interest of the association and in order to keep the sanctity of the ANLCA constitution which he claimed the sacked members have desecrated though their actions and deeds.

”The constitution of ANLCA is supreme and sacrosant. If you must be a member of ANLCA, section 2 says the constitution is supreme.

”Another section of the constitution also says that when your acts, utterances and behaviour are seen to be anti-association, you can be punished.

”You can be asked to face disciplinary action which they have done.

”You will agree with me that all their unterrances and actions in the last few months showed that they are not good association members”

He said the suspended members can go to court to challenge their suspension if they so desired.

”They can go to court if they so wish. The court will even ask them if they have exhausted the internal dispute resolution mechanism. Section 26 of the ANLCA constitution” talks about arbitrarion.

”We would not continue to tolerate illegality. You can’t just be going to court without going through the internal conflict resolution mechanism of the association which says that you must submit yourself to the arbitration panel” Farinto thundered.

The National Disciplinary Committee of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) under the leadership of Kayode Farinto, the National Vice President of ANLCA on Wednesday announced the suspension of Chief Taiye Oyeniye, former Secretary of the defunct BoT; Chief Taiwo Mustapha, a former board Chairman; Chief Dennis Okafor, Coordinator of ANLCA Western Zone, Chief Offorbike and Comrade Joe Sanni, National Publicity Secretary of ANLCA and Tope Akindele of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos chapter for anti- association activities.

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Kayode Farinto, Ag, Pre4sident, ANLCA
Eyewitness reporter
Kayode Farinto, the Acting President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has enjoined freight forwarders to use their votes to bring in a government that has a passion for the welfare of freight forwarders in Nigeria.
The ANLCA chieftain made this call Monday in his May Day/ Sallah message to the freight forwarders confraternity.
Farinto, who bemoaned the harassment and intimidation the freight forwarders are being subjected to under the outgoing government in terms of multiple charges, levies and extortions, urged the oppressed customs brokers to use their PVCs to bring in a presidential candidate who will end the misery and sufferings of freight forwarders.
Consequently, he asked that the freight forwarders should mobilise at least five million votes in the maritime industry for a presidential candidate among the legion of contenders who will work for the welfare of customs brokers.
“The inconsistency in government policies is an eye-opener and we will enjoin our members to give the over five million votes in the industry to a presidential candidate that will be explicit on how to assist the Freight forwarding profession viz a viz implementation of people’s welfare policies their support and endorsements come 2023.
Farinto said the present government has shown a lack of empathy for the suffering and harassed freight forwarders who are even overburdened with all manner of charges in the face of an economic crunch.
“We won’t allow anyone to fool us like this outgoing government is doing.
“We are gradually losing our profession to foreign domination courtesy of lack of law that will protect indigenous practitioners”, he lamented.
While urging the freight forwarders to brace up for the reintroduction of the revised Vehicles Identification Number (VIN) valuation policy this month, the ANLCA Chief warned them to be on their guard against people who may wish to compromise the process to the detriment of freight forwarders.
“Let me commence by saying that, it is obvious that the NCS will be implementing the VIN VALUATION this month, going by the news filtering around us in the industry and we need to monitor this because people will not want the process to be successful may introduce things outside our agreement into the procedures”
“I have released the agreed procedures on clearance of Standard Chassis vehicles that fall within VIN valuation and Non-Standard chassis vehicles,salvage, and accidented vehicles a few days ago.
 “We need to allow these new changes going by all we go through in the hands of customs various units to clear vehicles in the ports”
He recounted the horrific process of a clearance procedure, especially of vehicles, which he said is laced with extortions by the Customs
 “Even when you take your valuation, many alerts are put on our declarations and it takes the grace of God and difficult conditions to get them out of the ports.
“As if that is not enough, you need to know the numbers of calls we receive from our members delivering these vehicles within and outside the Lagos environment.
“Many customs units will say, your values are compromised, it must be jacked up and many of us are at their mercies pleading that DN should not be issued on already exited vehicles.
“This and many more things are what we believe The VIN valuation will eliminate.
“Many agents have been given forged and mutilated valuation papers by the third parties and are left to suffer the consequences of whatever happens.
“We do not need all this to get our vehicles released and we promise to challenge any command that may want to use the office of monitoring to extort money from our members when this new process commences.
The ANLCA Acting President also promised that the controversial issue of the National Automotive Council (NAC) 15 percent level will be pursued to its logical conclusion through the involvement of the national assembly and the instrumentality of the soon to be inaugurated Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding Practice in Nigeria (CRFFN).
“The issue of 15 percent NAC turn levy will be pursued vigorously immediately after the Sallah break
because we will engage the National Assembly on the need for them to know that, this government is not sensitive to the plight of the masses to have introduced a levy at this period when the economy is in comatose.
” And we will also ensure that the Federal Ministry of Finance is dragged before the people’s representatives on this matter.
“Since the CRFFN governing council may also be inaugurated this week, it will be our first issue to be raised at the plenary which needs urgent national attention.
“All our efforts to eliminate NAC turn levy is being done in collaboration with the motor dealers association”
Farinto however said that before these lofty objectives of the leadership of the freight forwarders could be achieved, the members of the confraternity must be united to achieve their common goal.
“We must however come together to achieve greatness. An injury to one should be an injury to all” he declared.
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