… No, i’m obidient to the court, have since left UNC – Ejie
A one-time Commandant General of the United Nigeria Chaplaincy, UNC, Chaplain Commandant General Jidejisos Josiah Ejie, has been accused of fraudulently using the name and trademark of the association in organizing programmes and extorting money from unsuspecting members of the public across the 36 states of the federation, in flagrant contempt of a subsisting court order.
It was gathered that Federal High Court (1) Awka, on 6th February 2019, declared that Ejie has been lawfully and constitutionally removed as the Chairman of UNC, restrained him from holding or further holding himself out as the Chairman of the UNC and from performing or further performing the functions of the office of the Chairman of the association, and ordered him to account for all the monies of the association; which he collected, and to return all the association’s properties in his possession.
Speaking on reputational and other damages the said actions of Ejie are causing the association, a representative of the Board of Trustees, the apex governing body of the United Nigeria Chaplaincy, Chaplain General Uzoma C. Nwandu, said UNC has instituted court action against Ejie over the alleged disrespect to the court, adding that the matter was shifted to 21st November.
On the account of stewardship the court ordered Ejie to render to the UNC, Nwandu stated that the accused once concocted an account and tendered in the court, saying it is wrong and is being challenged because UNC is a corporate organization.
Nwandu, who is the BoT Admin, UNC, further alleged that Ejie formed another groups – the United Nigeria Chaplaincy Corps and the United Nigeria Chaplaincy Institute of Peace, and registered them in UNC name and with UNC trade mark in order to confuse and continue extorting money from the unsuspecting members of the public.
He regretted that Ejie has continued to frustrate efforts to achieve peace in the UNC, adding that the association had petitioned the Inspector General of Police, IGP, over the matter, believing that one day the long arm of the law with catch the culprit.
Nwandu however said that they are presently in court to seek solutions to Ejie’s gimmicks in order enable the UNC continue rendering it’s humanitarian services to the nation.
Contributing, the Commandant of the United Nigeria Chaplaincy, Anambra State Command, Chaplain Service Commander David Arinzechukwu, said peace building, empowerment of widows and other humanitarian services are some of the things the society stands to benefit from the UNC, but regretted that the activities of Ejie have led to about 13 years of legal battle that has continued to constituted a cog in their wheel of progress.
Reacting, the embattled one-time Commandant General of the UNC, Chaplain General Ejie, who said that all allegations levelled against him were false, and that he has complied with all court order in respect of the matter, noted that he has since left the association.