*Says Agbomhere Lacks Legitimacy To Register The Association
*Agbomhere Counters The Disclaimer, Says The Registration Process Commenced During His Administration And Just Concluded
The Law Students Association of Nigeria, LAWSAN, under the leadership of Michael Arinze, has dissociated itself from the registration of LAWSAN by former president of the Association, Blessing Agbomhere.
Arinze, in a statement made available to TheNigeriaLawyer, described the registration as “unpatriotic and irresponsible” and meant for “personal aggrandizement”. According to him, Agbomhere lacks the legitimacy to register the Association. He also described as “charade” and “a daylight robbery” the constitution of Board of Trustees by Agbomhere.
He said, “Our attention was drawn to a purported registration of LAWSAN with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) by one Blessing Agbomhere and his cohorts who have immensely contributed to the division of LAWSAN in no small measure. Let it be reiterated that the true leadership of the Association is not led by Blessing Agbomhere and as such, he does not have the capacity nor legitimacy whatsoever to register the Association under whatever guise. Thus, LAWSAN completely dissociates itself from his purported actions.
“The Association has also been informed that the same Blessing Agbomhere has constituted a purported “LAWSAN Board of Trustees”, making himself the Chairman and one Muhammad Kime as the Secretary. We wish to state emphatically that this charade is a sacrilege and a daylight robbery being perpetrated by these individuals and their baby-sitters in the face of the hallowed Constitution of Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN), 2018 (As amended 2020).”
Arinze noted that “Blessing Agbomhere and his cronies have been a problem and a dangerous clog in the peaceful administration of LAWSAN of our dream and consistently threaten the unity of our Association and this is limpid from his audacious declaration of a candidate who lost as a winner, without the imprimatur of LAWSAN Independent Electoral Committee in the recently concluded LAWSAN Convention held at Nassarawa State University, Keffi. This is a great disservice to LAWSAN and its constitution.”
He therefore “condemn the actions of Blessing Agbomhere and his cohorts in no mistaken terms as flagrant violation of the letters and spirit of the LAWSAN Constitution and treasonable. Their dispositions are naked challenge to the legitimacy of the constituted authorities of the Association and consequently, these brazen actions would not go unpunished.”
He explains that “The leadership of the Association is on top of the situation and we are working assiduously with the relevant authorities to arrest this unfortunate situation whilst we strongly enjoin all LAWSANites and members of the public to be wary of associating with the above persons as they do not represent LAWSAN in any way.”
He therefore called on members of LAWSAN to remain calm and law-abiding as we maintain the unity of our one LAWSAN.
TheNigeriaLawyer reached out to the former President of the Association, Blessing Agbomhere, to confirm the development.
Agbomhere confirmed to TheNigeriaLawyer that the news of the registration of the Association by him is true. He explained that the registration of the Association was part of his campaign promises and the registration process was on for over a year and was just concluded recently.
According to him, the purported disclaimer by Arinze is a handwork of some selfish past members of the Association working from the background.
“The corruption in LAWSAN is unimaginable. This registration will ensure accountability and transparency in the management of the Association.
“The likes of Ramlat Zubeiru, Etaba Agbor, Emmanuel Nwobodo, Kelechi Prosper Nwodo, Umoh Edet, Harriet Eluma, Frank Justice, Justice Umeh and Victor Okoli have been using the Association to make money from unsuspecting members of the public, for their personal use, and without remitting same to the Association’s account, and the registration will definitely put a stop to their business, hence their reaction. I should not respond to Micheal Arinze because he is just a pen and puppet in their hands.
“I am happy that this registration will stop them from using LAWSAN as an instrument for making money to sustain their expensive lifestyles.
“LAWSAN is the future Nigerian Bar Association and the Nigerian Legal System. Permitting corruption here will be dangerous for our society tomorrow.
“With the registration, the Board has dissolved the purported convention and election that brought in this pseudo administration that was smuggled into the Association by the party men through fraud and blackmail inorder to continue using the Association to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
“We will weed out thieves from the Association and make room for sincere and patriotic lawsanites to participate and own the Association.
“We are fighting a cabal to protect the collective interests and destinies of all law students in Nigeria. All lawsanites are equal, and non is bigger than the other. LAWSAN is for all lawsanites.” Agbomhere said
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