The National Executive Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has indefinitely suspended Abdulwahab Muhammad, Garba Kabiru and Fatima Danjuma Idrisfor dragging the Bauchi State Council of the union to court.
Earlier, the suspended journalists sued the Chairman of the Bauchi State Council of the NUJ and all electoral committee members of the council at a state High Court alleging a breach of due process while raising the electoral committee.
The court, however, struck out the case for lack of jurisdiction to hear the matter and awarded N100,000 damages to the defendants.
The suspension is contained in a communique signed by the National Secretary of the NUJ, Shu’aibu Usman Leman issued at the end of the virtual National Executive Council meeting of the Union.
“That three members of Bauchi State Council namely: Abdulwahab Muhammad, Garba Kabiru Abubakar and Fatima Danjuma Idris that dragged the Union to court over the council elections without first exhausting internal mechanisms for resolving dispute are suspended indefinitely from the Union in line with the constitution (Article 7, 2 and VI),” the communique read in some parts.
The NUJ urged members to be conversant with provisions of the Union’s constitution to avoid any wrath for infractions.
When contacted for comment, one of the suspended members, Abdulwahab Muhammad said he is not aware of their suspension.