Importers Association Of Nigeria : Court Of Appeal Approve Expulsion Of Emmanuel Osita Okereke


The Court of Appeal , Abuja Division has  delivered   judgment confirming  that  Emmanuel  Osita  Okereke was duly expelled  from  the Importers Association of Nigeria (IMAN)  and National  Task Force (NATFORCE) on 11th February 2019.

According to a press statement released by the chairman, Board of Trustees of the association, Chief Gilbert  E Obi , states  that Chief Emmanuel  Osita Okereke who was expelled  from IMAN in December  2015 has further been confirmed  by the Appeal Court Abuja Judicial  Division. 

It could be recalled that  Board of Trustees  of the  association had in December  2015 expelled  Chief Emmanuel  Osita  Okereke from the association  due to several illegal  activities  by him, including  going to the Corporate  Affairs  Commission (CAC)  to forge another certificate  of IMAN  without  the IMAN  Board of Trustees  approval. 
Due to his conduct,  which was regarded as a criminal  offence and forgery couple with  his refusal to  show  any form of  remorse  for his fraudulent  acts,  the IMAN , BOT has to  expelled  him in 2015. 
 With his criminal  intent, Okereke   however took the association to the Abuja High Court and obtained  a kangaroo  judgement  in his favour on January  23rd 2017. Feeling  dissatisfied  with the High Court  judgement, the Board of Trustees  of IMAN  appealed  the case at the Court of Appeal sitting  in Abuja, filling  an   appeal against  the decision  of the Abuja High Court of the Federal Capital  Territory  in  Suit No:FCT/HC/CV/710/2016, between  the registered Trustees of Importers Association of Nigeria (IMAN), Chief  Gilbert Bravo  Obi, Chief  Obong  Patrick  Udoh, Alhaji  ( Dr) Bature  Aldullaziz (MON) Alhaji  Aliyu Ahmed  Yar’dua and Hon. Kingsley  Chikezie  as appellants. While  Chief Emmanuel Okereke was listed as the respondent. 

 The Appeal Court  upheld  and affirmed the expulsion  of Chief Emmanuel Osita Okereke from IMAN and NATFORCE. The judgement  was  delivered  with a case number  CA/A/177/2017 February  11th 2019.With this landmark judgement,  Chief  Emmanuel Osita Okereke stands expelled  from IMAN and NATFORCE.  
The BoT chairman in his words.said “This Press Statement  has become  necessary  to officially  inform  the Security  Agencies,  IMAN members and the  general public that Chief  Emmanuel Osita Okereke  is not a member  of Board of Trustees  nor member  of IMAN and NATFORCE””IMAN also want to called on the security  agencies  to be on the alert to arrest Chief Emmanuel Osita Okereke  if he so parade himself  as either  IMAN and NATFORCE BOT or   member”
“IMAN  BOT  and other members wants to assure the general  public  and  the government  at all levels in Nigeria  that IMAN will continue  to checkmate  the activities of importers and their agents to support  other government  agencies  in tackling  the manice  of illegal importation of arms and ammunition, false declarations, concealements  and short payment of government  duties among other illegalities” he quipped.


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