Court Declares Ex-PG MWUN Wanted over Invasion of Union’s Secretariat

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Nosa Alekhuogie

An Apapa Magistrate Court has declared a former President General (PG) of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Uzoije Ukaumunna wanted in connection with May 2016 attempted invasion and mayhem at the national secretariat of the union in Apapa, Lagos.
Ukaummunna was forced out of office by the federal government in 2002 as the union’s PG under controversial circumstances.

Ukaummunna’s arrest was ordered by Justice Olufolake Oshin of the Magistrate Court in Apapa. The warrant of arrest was dated 20th June 2016, in a suit number MISC|MCA|O17 2016.
It was confirmed that the court made the order because the accused could not be found by the Police, even after a warrant of arrest was procured for him to be arraigned.

Similarly, the Police also last week arraigned a man, identified as Maurice Fangnon, who was alleged to have collaborated with Ukaumunna in the mayhem.

Ukaumunna was alleged to be the lead mastermind of the mayhem that took place at the union’s national secretariat in May, 2016. Four of those who allegedly participated in the mayhem had earlier been arrested and arraigned by the police.

Fangnon, who is reportedly from Benin Republic, was arraigned last Wednesday in the same court on four count charge of conspiracy, disturbance of public peace, unlawful possession of weapons and attempt to attack on members of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria.

According to the Police prosecutor, the charges levelled against Fangnon contravened sections 410, 44, 51 and 166d of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.

The charge sheet, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent further states that: ” you Maurice Fangnon ,M and others at large on the 31st of May 2016 at about 1030hrs, at No. 199 ,Osho Drive, Olodi Apapa,Lagos Magistrate District ,did conspire together to commit misdemeanour to wit: unlawful assembly and thereby committed an offence punishable under section410 of the criminal law of Lagos State of Nigeria.”

The charge sheet no: A|47|2016 tag Commissioner of Police Versus Maurice Fangnon, further alleged that the defendants have in their possession offensive weapons without lawful authority- “sixteen brand new cutlasses , two plastic jar containing a liquid substance suspected to be acid and display same in such a manner as to cause terror to neighbourhood.”