The Chief Magistrate Court in Wuse Zone two, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, has issued warrant of arrest on the the Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Engineer Muhammed Usman Gur, failure to appear before it to answer allegation of administrative irregularities and high handedness against him.
The warrant case number/CR/33/18/19 was issued through IP.A S Saudauna.
The General Manager of TCN, Mrs Ndidi Mbah, promised to reach out to newsmen to confirm the veracity of the arrest but she never did as at press time.
An official of the Senior Staff Electricity Allied Companies said: “Recall that this man has been at the centre of arbitrary actions andrefused to submit to constituted authorities – Ministry of Labour, Police, DSS and Presidency.
This time, he is defying arrest order a Magistrate Court for sponsorship of alleged violence, forgery, impersonation and others. This is interesting because in this time is trial of CJN this can happen in a case of criminal trial of reckless man who should never hold a responsible position. Nigerians are hereby notified of this contradiction and double standard.
At a protest in Abuja last year, the General Secretary of Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies, Umar Abubakar, alleged that managing director single handedly conducted examinations for staff due for promotion without recourse to input from other management staff.
He was also alleged to have defaulted in remitting appropriate taxes to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), a development that also led to the sealing off the organization’ premises before the workers staged their protest.
Abubakar further alleged that the TCN managing director has also hijacked some funds provided by the World Bank for projects in the power sector and undue interference in union activities by trying to polarize the workers.
The union also accused the TCN Chief of clearing a large consignment of electrical materials from foreign donors at the ports but failed to deliver same to the warehouse of the organization for proper accountability, before distribution to the relevant sections that would utilise them.
The protesters said efforts by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige and his counterpart in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to intervene in the matter, proved abortive as Mohammed failed to turn up at several meetings arranged by stakeholders.