The National President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Innocent Bola Audu has explained the rationale behind the sealing of the national secretariat of the union.
The union had in the last few weeks been enmeshed in a series of crises.
Some officials of the union had been accused of N10b fraud leading to a protest by members.
Saga Gist recalls that the national secretariat of the union in Lagos had been sealed by the police as a result of the protests.
The national President of the union, Comrade Innocent Bola Audu has, however, explained the rationale behind the sealing of the national secretariat.
Audu in a statement on Saturday said the secretariat was sealed by the police to avoid a breakdown of law and order.
He said the secretariat was sealed till further notice due to threats and unruly behaviour of some members and to douse tension and avoid bloodshed.
Audu insisted that the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State was also directed by the Inspector General of Police to provide security in the Secretariat to ensure no breakdown of law and order.
He said, “The truth remains that the Secretariat was sealed by his threats and unruly behaviour before the Police Commissioner to avoid break down of law and order and guarantee peace in the environment.
“The fact of the matter is that, Mr. Alade Bashir Lawal and his partners were reported to the police for suspected fraud of monumental proportion and mismanagement of the union’s finance and resources.
“On the basis of the complaint, the Inspector General of Police directed the Force CID to investigate the criminal allegations and the petition by the union’s President, Innocent Bola-Audu.
“The Commissioner of Police Lagos was also directed by the IGP to provide security in the Secretariat to ensure no breakdown of law and order, and to prevent the suspects in the case from tampering with evidence materials that may be needed in police investigations.