Host communities of Chevron Nigeria Limited in the Brass and South Ijaw local government areas of Bayelsa State, under the auspices of the KEFFES Rural Development Foundation, suspended six members of the group for having allegedly attempted to misinterpret the decision of a state High Court to change the direction of the foundation.
KEFFES RDF officials, including the secretary and an ex-officio member Ngozi Amakiri and Christopher Tudu, respectively, said the decision was one of the results of an emergency meeting of the body in Yenagoa, in Bayelsa State, Saturday.
The court had ruled in a complaint filed by Amadein that the foundation should hold another election.
But a motion for a stay of execution has been filed with the Port Harcourt Court of Appeal in Rivers State.
Tudu, who read the resolutions of the KEFFES RDF, said the meeting brought together 26 of the 32 members present and was chaired by the outgoing chair, Matthew Sele-epri.
He said the decision of the suspended members to install Amadein as head of the foundation on the basis of a “misinterpretation of the court’s judgment” constituted an act of serious misconduct.
KEFFES is an acronym for eight oil producing communities consisting of Koluama 1 & 2, Ezetu 1 & 2, Foropa, Fish town, Ekeni and Sangana.
They house oil facilities operated by Chevron Nigeria Limited.
Tudu said: “The judgment is a decision of the court of first instance, which can be appealed and therefore cannot be enforced since the defendant has already filed an appeal and a stay of execution of the judgment. of the lower court.
“The court at no time or place declared Tibiebi Amadein the eventual winner, as that was never part of the questions or prayers in the process completed by the plaintiff.
“Three members of KEFFES RDF (Zilpah Osaisai, Decca Perekunakuna and Ebi Williams), who have openly apologized to the house and asked for forgiveness, are pardoned accordingly.
“The chamber, by motion, after having deliberated on the perverse and unpatriotic actions of MM. Tibiebi Amadein, Kofa Murphy Daniel, Noel Ikonikomo, Christopher Longlife, Amina James and Ebitare Joseph, decided that given the impunity for their actions, which caused serious disaffection and negative publicity for the organization, be accordingly suspended from membership in the KEFFES Foundation without benefit for an indefinite period.
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