The trouble that erupted at the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) late last year which saw the removal of its Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji and his replacement by Mr. Efe Omorogbe by the Board seems to be getting messier by the day.
Just months after Chief Okoroji was re-instated by an Emergency General Meeting, the Board Members led by Omorogbe have made another move, this time, it has suspended COSON’s General Manager, Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji.
The suspension, according to a statement by Mr. Omorogbe was part of the resolutions reached at an Emergency Board meeting held at the COSON Office earlier today.
The Statement reads “Today, Tuesday 6th March, 2018, COSON chairman. Efe Omorogbe and directors Dare Fasasi, Obi Asika, Joel Ajayi, Sikiru Agboola (represented by Oby Egbe and Audu Maikori (represented by Seyi Lawal) held an emergency board meeting today at the COSON office Ikeja.
Although the COSON office was under lock and key under the directive of Chinedu Chukwuji, Okoroji’s key accomplice, the directors proceeded to hold the meeting in front of the COSON office.
The meeting witnessed by NCC representatives led by Mr. Obi Ezeilo, Director and Head of Lagos Zonal Office, made a number of resolutions, among which was the disengagement of White Dove Solicitors as COSON lawyers and the withdrawal of COSON as a plaintiff in the preparatory suit of which Efe Omorogbe was notified via advance copy.
The board also adopted a resolution for the immediate suspension Mr. Chinedu Chukwudi as General Manager of COSON and appointment of Bernice Eremieghe to act as general manager until further notice.
Other resolutions include the changing of the signatories to the COSON account, the initiation of a full forensic audit of COSON account from January 2015 to December 2017 and consultations with the COSON lawyers, the NCC and MCSN before the adoption of a position on the court judgement.
The meeting is the first official meeting held by the authentic and elected board since the NCC pronouncements of February 10, 2018 declared the sham that was Okoroji’s December 19, 2018 EGM a nullity”