UNN’s alumni Aba branch sue sacked pro-chancellor, UNAA president
A NEW dimension has been added to the crisis rocking the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). This is because the Aba branch of the University of Nigeria Alumni Association (UNAA) sued the sacked Pro-Chancellor of the institution, Dr. Emeka Enejere, the association’s National President, Chief Andrew Oru, and 55 other members of the body.
In an originating summons filed at the Federal High Court, Umuahia on January 31, 2014, the Aba branch of the UNAA sought its leave to declare that the purported national convention of UNAA held in Asaba, Delta State on December 5-8, 2012 was unconstitutional as it was held in breach of the alumni constitution.
The applicants also sought that in the alternative that the national convention of UNAA held in Asaba, Delta State was constitutional, a declaration that Oru does not possess the requisite good character to be the national president of UNAA, “as he has been tried, found guilty of professional misconduct in the legal profession and his name consequently struck out from the roll of legal practitioners.”
To prove their claim, the plaintiffs attached to the summons a letter from the Supreme Court dated January 14, 2014, signed by the Chief Registrar, Sunday Olorundahunsi entitled; “Re: Chief Andrew Oru, Inquiry on whether readmitted to the Nigerian bar.”
The letter stated that the Supreme Court had “checked its records and can confirm to you that Chief Andrew Oru was “enrolled at the Supreme Court registry on the 17th day of August, 1984 with the name Oru Andrew Ovuikuroma. On the 18th day of November, 2008, Oru, Andrew Ovuikuroma was struck off the roll of legal practitioners as directed by the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee and till date, it has remained so.”
The plaintiffs prayed the court to issue an order of perpetual injunction restraining Oru, and the others he represents from parading themselves as the national officers of UNAA.
They also prayed the court to declare that the award of the association, Aloha, conferred “on Mr. Emeka Enejere sued herein as the 53rd defendant was in breach of the provisions of Article 21 of UNAA Constitution and therefore null and void and of no effect.”