The Executive Committee of the Lagos State Sports Writers Association (Lagos SWAN) has suspended three members for bringing the association’s name to disrepute.
The suspended members are; Mr Ayo Ojedokun, Mr. Ifeanyi Eduzor and Mr. Francis Ajumona.
The suspension is in line with the findings of the disciplinary committee report on Anti Association’ Activities leveled against the trio by the Congress of Lagos SWAN at its last meeting.
According to allegations against the trio who tagged themselves as “Concerned Members of Lagos SWAN”, they have continuously painted Lagos SWAN as a disunited body and brought the office of its Chairman to disrepute.
The committee headed by seasoned sports journalist, Mr. Femi Solaja was set up by Lagos SWAN Congress on Friday 31st August, 2018 to investigate the allegations and make recommendations.
After review of available evidence and cross examination of the accused persons, the trio were found guilty of Anti Association activities.
The committee recommended that they should tender a public apology to the office of the Chairman, Lagos SWAN for defamation of character.
They were also mandated to apologize to the Lagos SWAN Body (Congress) for dragging internal matters to the public domain without recourse to the elders of the Association especially former Chairmen of the chapters like Comrades Tony Ubani, Niyi Oyeleke and Fred Edoreh.
The committee said failure to comply with their recommendations will be taken as a direct assault on the Congress which is the highest law making body of the chapter.
In view of their failure to comply, the Lagos SWAN exco deemed it expedient to suspend them indefinitely to serve as a deterrent to others.
Here are the committee’s findings:
A) The trio, during interrogation expressed remorse for some of their actions towards the State Chapter despite the fact that all their actions painted Lagos SWAN as a disunited body with their ‘Concerned Members of Lagos SWAN’ tag.
B) It was also established that the trio’s petitions may have been the handy work of a ‘Third Party’ working against the Lagos Chapter as presently constituted. Although they denied this posture.
C) It was also established that their latest memo to the National body painted Comrade Osundun with uncomplimentary remarks as an unproductive leader.
I) The trio are to officially apologize to the Chairman Lagos SWAN for defamation of character as stated in the memos sent on digital media.
II) The trio are to apologize to the Lagos SWAN Body (Congress) for dragging internal matters to the public domain without bringing it first to the notice of the elders especially former Chairmen of the chapters like Comrades Tony Ubani, Niyi Oyeleke and Fred Edoreh.