The NBM aka Black Axe has its own constitution as well as disciplinary standards. While some parts of these documents sound useful and good, it is deeply ironical that enforcing them would actually mean removing a huge percentage of members (uncluding most of the “big guys” in the cult) from the NBM.
CONSTITUTION OF NBM
- The Movement shall be known, called and addressed as the Neo Black
Movement of Africa.
(i) This Constitution is supreme and its provisions shall bind all members
and overide any enactments, bye-laws, rules and regulations that may be
drawn by any committee, council or authority established by this
- Whereby, any bye law, rules and regulations or enactment referred to in
paragraph (i) above is inconsistent with the provisions of this
constitution, this constitution shall prevail, and the bye-laws, rules,
regulations or enactments shall, to the extent of its inconsistency be null
- The Neo Black Movement of Africa is one indivisible and indissoluble
(i) The Neo Black Movement of Africa shall be a movement consisting of zones
throughout the world.
(ii) The National Headquarters shall be situated in Benin City, Edo State of
(i) There shall be the National Council of Elders which shall be the highest
legislative and judicial organ of the movement.
(ii) There shall be a Zonal Council of Elders which shall be the highest
legislative and judicial organ of the zone.
(i) There shall be a National Executive Body which shall be the highest
Administrative and executive organ of the movement.
(ii) There shall be a Zonal Executive Council which shall have
administrative and executive powers over the Lords within their
- There shall be a legal Committee at the National and Zonal levels.
- There shall be a joint meeting of the National Executive and the zonal
heads, which shall be heard quarterly, or as may be directed by the National
Article 2Fundamental Objective and Directive Principles of Movement Policy
- It shall be the duty and the responsibility of all authorities and
persons exersising legislative, executive or judicial powers, to conform to,
observe and apply the provisions of the articles of this constitution.
(i) The Neo Black Movement shall be a Movement based on the principles of
democracy, equality and social justice.
(ii) It shall be the cardinal policy of the Movement to co-operate and
exchange ideas with other related organisations whose aims and objectives
are in harmony with that of the Movement.
(iii) It is hereby accordingly declared that the Movement belongs to all
members of the Neo Black Movement from whom the various bodies established
by this constitution derive thjeir powers and authority.
(i) The Neo Black Movement of Africa is a non-partisan, non-religious and
non tribal organisation.
(ii) The motto of the Movement shall be “Social Justice and Equality for
(iii) The Movement shall inculcate a deep sense of belonging and patriotism
(iv) The Movement shall protect, defend and propagate the interest and
welfare of members.
(v) The Movement shall strive to eradicate all forms of oppression,
intimidation, corruption, neo-colonialism and other vices from society.
- The Movement shall dedicate its resources to promoting, defending and
advancing black solidarity (Blackism), culture and world peace.
- (1) Membership shall be open to interested qualified candidates provided
that such persons shall:
(a) share the vision of world equality and social justice
(b) be a graduate or matriculated undergraduate of an institution of higher
(c) be sponsored by three dedicated Lords
(d) be of good character and not convicted of a criminal offence considered
inimical to the Movement and the public in general bu the Council of
(e) be approved for membership by the National Exco/National C.O.E. where
(f) undergo the process of initiation organised and conducted by the zone
in accordance with the membership procedure of the Movement.
(2) No person shall be qualified as a member except he has taken the oath
of membership as contained in Shedule 2 of the membership procedure of
(3) No member shall be addressed as a Black Lord except he has been
inducted as such in accordance with the membership procedure of the
(4) Only graduate members shall be inducted as Black Lords after a
successful one year stewardship under the supervision of an appointed
(5) A list of those initiated as members or inducted as Black Lords shall
be fowarded to all zones and the National body.
- A person shall forfeit his membership of the Movement if:
(1) He acquires membership of any organisation which is in conflict with
N.B.M as determined by the National Council of Elders.
(2) The Council of Elders break his axe or he is suspended for misconduct
at the instance of the Executive Council.
Article 4Order of precedence
- (1) Save as, otherwise provided by any provision of this constitution,
the order of precedence in the Movement shall be as follows:
(a) National Head
(b) Chairman, National Council of Elders
(c) National Chief Priest
(d) Members, National Council of Elders
(e) Members, National Executive body
(f) Chairman, zonal Council of Elders
(g) Zonal Chief Priest
(h) Members Zonal Executive Council
(i) Members of the Movement according to their year of initiation.
(2) The priviledges of the order of precedence are that honour shall be
given in that order. No person in a lower order shall show disrespect to a
person in a higher position save on the order of a person of higher and
Article 5Government and Organs of the Movement
- (1) The National Convention shall be held annually on the weekend of
Sharpville Memorial Day (being the 21st day March) or the weekend
immediately following where the 21st day of March falls on a week day.
(2) The venue of the convention shall be decided by the National Council of
- (1) The National Convention shall be composed of the following:
(a) National Head
(b) Other National Executive body members
(c) Chairman, National Council of Elders
(d) Other accredited members of N.C.O.E
(e) Zonal Heads of accredited zones
(f) Chairman Council of Elders, accredited zones
(g) Ex National Heads
(h) Ex Chairmen National Council of Elders
(i) Trustees of the Movement
(j) Other delegates as may be invited/accredited from the zones by the
(2) All zones shall be represented at the Convention
(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of article 5, 17 (1a – j) above, all
Lords are mandated by this constitution to attend the National Convention.
- (1) The National Convention shall be convened, organised and executed by
the National Executive Body.
(2) The National Head shall preside over the National Convention.
- The National Eye shall be the secretary to the convention.
- (1) The convention shall receive written reports from the National
Executive body and zones.
(2) The supreme authority of the Movement shall be vested on the National
convention which shall ratify policies, constitutional amendments,
reports, disciplinary measures, committees, sanctions, projects and
reforms as may affect the overall interest of the Movement.
(3) The National convention shall deal with other matters as may be
referred to it by other organs of the Movement.
- Any zone not represented at the National Convention shall be liable to a
fine which shall be determined by the National Council of Elders.
Part 2National Council of Elders
- (1) The National Council of Elders shall be made up of the following:
(b) National Head
(c) National Chief Priest
(d) Zonal Heads of accredited zones
(e) Ex National Heads
(f) Ex Chairman of National Council of Elders
(g) Two representatives each of accredited zones
(h) Chairman, Legal Committee
(i) Ten dedicated elders appointed by the Council for a period of 2 years.
(j) Trustees of the Movement
- Permanent members of the council shall include ex National Heads,
Trustees and Ex Chairman of NCOE.
- (1) The Council shall be headed by a Chairman elected amongst members
provided such person so elected is not a member of the National/Zonal
(2) The Council Chairman shall be elected at the first council meeting
after the convention proceeding the expiration of the term of the
(3) The tenure of office of the Council Chairman shall be two years from
the day of the previous election.
- (1) There shall be an Eye who shall be the Scribe of the Council.
(2) The Eye shall be appointed amongst members of the Council of Elders,
provided that such person is not a member of the Executive Council.
(3) Any appointment so made as Eye shall be at the pleasure of the N.C.O.E
and shall cease when the council considers it so or when the Council
Chairman’s tenure whom he serves has expired or is removed.
- (1) A meeting of the National Council of Elders shall be summoned by the
(2) A quorum of the Council meeting shall comprise of a simple majority
representation of the members present at each council meeting.
- (1) The National Council of Elders shall act as a check on the National
(2) The Body shall act as an advisory body to the National Executive body.
(3) It shall be the Council’s duty to scrutinize and approve the National
budget proposed by the National Executive body.
(4) The Council shall determine the composition of delegates at the
(5) The Council shall deal with cases of appeals referred to it by any
member/body of the Movement.
(6) The National Council of elders shall suspend or the dissolve the zonal
executive or Council of Elders at the instance of the National Executive
Body, if found wanting in the discharge of its duties, and a caretaker
committee shall be set up to run the zone for a period not exceeding three
(7) The National Council of Elders shall perform any other functions
assigned to it by any other provisions of this constitution.
- (1) Any member of the National Council of Elders who becomes a member by
virtue of his office shall cease to become a member of the Council when he
ceases to hold such office.
(2) Any National Head, Chairman indicted or who for any reason abandoned
his tenure shall not be qualified to be a permanent member of the National
Council of Elders as Ex Head/Chairman.
(3) In the event that any member of the Council of Elders (National/Zonal)
is found wanting in the discharge of his duties or gross misconduct, he
shall be removed from office by two third majority of the members present
at a meeting where the issue was discussed/resolved.
PART 3NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BODY
- (1) the National Executive Body shall be composed of the National Head, National Chief Priest, National Eye, National Butcher, National Ihaza, National Crier and the National Legal Officer.
(2) The National Executive Body shall only consist of Black Lords of the Neo-Black MOvemnet.
- The National Executive Body shall meet from time to time to ensure the effective administration of the movement.
30 (1)Every National Executive Body member shall be lisble to perform duties assigned to his office in accordance with the provisions of this constitution.
(2) the National Executive Body shall have power to deal with issues bordering on Administration, Emergencies, Publicities, Security, etc for good governance of the movement.
31 (1) the Tenure of the National Executive Body shall be two years.
(2) in the event that any executive officer of the National Body is found wanting in the discharge of his duties or of a gross misconduct, he shall stand removed from office by two-third majority resolution of the executive council of the Elders present in the meeting where the issue was resolved.
32 The National Head shall be the Chief Executive of the Movement.
33 (1) The National Head shall:-
(a) Co-ordinate activities and preside over meetings of the National Executive Body
(b) Supervise all aspect of the Movement’s activities.
(c) Perform any other function that may be assigned to his office by any other section of this constitution.
34 (1) The National Chief Priest shall:-
(a) be the principal custodian of the movements’ paraphernalia
(b) be the sole person to prepare Kokoma
(C) Lead procession during Jollification ceremonies
(d) Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by any other provision of this constitution.
35 The National Butcher shall:
(a) be the National Security Officer of the Movement
(b) Discipline any erring member on the orders of the appropriate authorities (Head/ Council of Elders)
36 The National Eye Shall:
(a) be the Scribe of the Movement
(b) prepare and keep records of proceedings of National meetings
(c) Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by any other provision of this constitution.
37 The National Ihaza shall:
(a) be the treasurer of the movement
(b) keep all financial records of the National Body
(c) collect dues from Zones and members of the movement as provided for by this constitution or as may be approved from time to time by the National council of Elders.
(d) Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by any other provision of this constitution.
- The National Crier shall:
(a) be the public relations officer of the Movement
(b) be the chief editor of the movement’s magazine
(c) Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by any other provision of this constitution.
- The National Legal Officer shall:
(a) be the Legal Adviser of the movement
(b) be the Chairman of the National Legal Committee
(c) Treat all matters bordering on interpretation or application of this constitution
(d) Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by any other provision of this constitution.
PART 4LEGAL COMMITTEE
40 (1) There shall be a Legal Committee for the National Body/Zone comprising of five Legal practitioners who are members of the movement, appointed by the council of Elders.
(2) The Legal Committee shall be headed by a Chairman
(3) The Legal Committee shall act as advisory Body to the Movement/Zone where Legal interpretation arises, and shall perform such duties imposed on the Chairman in accordance with any other provision of this constitution.
(4) the Legal Committee shall perform and handle all Legal issues concerning the Movement/Zone.
(5) Ant member of the Movement desiring legal assistance may forward his request to the legal Committee through the National Head or Zonal Head.
PART 5Zones and Zonal Executive
41 (1) Zones shall be formed in accordance with the dictates of geographical proximity
(2) The formation of a new Zone shall be at the discretion of the National Body
(3) The Zones shall have Executive appointed amongst its registered members.
42 (1) Zones shall comprise of only resident Black Lords within the Zones
(2) Members of a Zone shall not be less than ten Lords
43 (1) Zonal Executives shall consist of Zonal Head, Zonal Chief Priest, Zonal Butcher, Zonal Ihaza, Zonal Eye, Zonal Crier and Zonal Legal Officer and shall perform such functions each corresponding office on the National level vis-à-vis the Zone.
44 The Tenure of Zonal Executive shall be two years which shall run concurrently with the National Executive Body
45 (1) It shall be the duty opf the Zonal Executives to assist the National Executive in procuring payments of dues from Black Lords within their Zones.
(2) The Zonal Executive is the second most powerful administrative organ of the Movement
(3) The Zonal Executive shall appoint members of the Zonal Council of Elders other than members whoare such by virtue of their position in the Zonal Executive Council and shall refer such appointments to the general house for ratification.
46 In the event that any Executive Officer of the Zone is found wanting in the discharge of his duties or gross misconduct, he shall stand removed from office by two-third majority of Council of Elders and supported by two-third majority of the Zonal members present at the meeting where the issue shall be resolved.
PART 6ZONAL COUNCIL OF ELDERS
47 The Council shall consist of the Chairman, Zonal Head, Former Chairman, Former Zonal Head, Zonal Legal Officer and four other dedicated Lords of the Zone with not less than ten years of proven experience from the year of initiation.
48 The Council shall be headed by a Chairman elected amongst its members and shall not be a member of the Zonal Executive
49 (1) the Council shall screen candidates for the executive council of the Zone subject to the approval of the Zonal members.
(2) The Council shall perform other similar duties assigned to the N.C.O.E at the Zonal level.
(3) The Council shall perform any other function as may be provided by any other provision of this constitution.
50 The tenure of Zonal Council of Elders shall be two years which shall run concurrently with the National Council of Elders.
51 (1) There shall be appointments into the National Executive office which shall be done on a National Convention day called for such purpose.
(2) For the purpose of appointment into the National Executive, the accredited delegates to the convention shall constitute the congress for the Sole purpose of ratification of the appointments made by the N.C.O.E.
(3) Whereby any appointment is rejected by the Congress, the National Council of Elders shall be constituted into an electoral college for the purpose of refilling the rejected appointment and such replacement shall be further presented to the Congress for ratification.
(4) (1) Candidates to be appointed into the National Executive Office shall:-
(a) Be recommended by their respective Zones and such recommendation shall reach the N.C.O.E. 3 months before the Convention, such recommended candidate shall be contacted 2 months before the Convention through their Zonal C.O.E or Executive, where there is no C.O.E.
(b) Be subject to screening by the Council of Elders.
52 (1) A candidate shall be qualified for an appointment into the National Executive Office if:
(a) He is a duly initiated member of NBM
(b) He is a registered dues paying Lord of his Zone
(c) He has attained ten years membership in the Movement, in the case of National Head/Chief Priest, and not less than eight years membership in other offices, and must have graduated from a higher institution of learning.
(d) He has held an executive or elder position in his Zone in case of National Head/Chief Priest only.
(2) A Lord shall not be eligible for appointment into the National Executive Office if:-
(a) He has been found financially bankrupt
(b) He has been convicted of a felony
(c) He has been appointed to such office at any two consecutive appointments.
(d) He does any act, requires any status or suffers any disability that would have disqualified him by any provision of this constitution.
(e) Within the preceding seven years he has been removed as the holder of any office of the Movement or as a member of any of the Bodies of the Movement on the grounds of misconduct.
(f) He has been indicted and punished for gross indiscipline in his Zone
(g) He belongs to any other organization whose membership is kept secret unless he so discloses it voluntarily.
(3) Any person indicted and or found guilty of financial misappropriation in the Movement shall not be eligible for appointment.
(4) Any person once suspended or de-axed would first required a clearance of 2/3 members of his Zone and be subjected to extra-ordinary screening by the National C.O.E.
(5) The Zonal Head of a Zone shall attest to the financial and social status of any person seeking appointment as a National Head, Chairman National Council of Elders.
53 (1) The National C.O.E. is empowered by the constitution to appoint a Legal practitioner a s National Legal Officer who shall be the Chairman of the National Legal Committee.
(2) Any appointment so made as a Legal Officer shall be at the pleasure of the National C.O.E and shall cease when the Council considers it so, or when the Executive which he serves is dissolved at its expiration period of two years.
54 A person appointed shall be deemed to have been duly appointed, if appointed by the N.C.O.E. and such appointment ratified by the Congress at the Convention.
55 Save as otherwise expressly provided for by any other section of this constitution, the Zones are empowered by this section to adopt or make guidelines in the conduct of its appointments in accordance with the provision of this constitution vis-à-vis the procedure of National appointment.
56 Any person appointed into any Government and Organ of the Movement shall take the Oath of Office prescribed in the membership procedures of the Movement.
ARTICLE 7FINANCE AND MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
57 There shall be a National Account maintained by three signatories; namely National Head, National Ihaza and the National Eye.
(1) All members of the Movement shall pay dues to the National Account a s may be decided by the National C.O.E from time to time.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1) above, dues shall be payable annually by the Zones to the National Body.
(3) It shall be the duty of the National Executive to ensure payment of members’ dues which they may adopt any measure to achieve.
59 (1) The National Head shall submit a statement of account for the previous year to the Council of Elders at least 21 days before the National Convention.
(2) The Executive Committee (National and Zone) shall at the end of it’s tenure of office submit to the incoming Executive Committee a comprehensive report on the finance of the Movement. The executive shall also be required to give a report of the activities of their office during their tenure.
60 Zone are empowered by this article to open and maintain bank accounts with reputable banks. The signatories to the account shall be the Head, Ihaza and the Eye.
ARTICLE 8MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
61 (1) The Official name of the Movement’s magazine shall be called the UHURU
(2) The magazine shall be produced quarterly in a year.
(3) The publication of the magazine shall be made by the National Body.
(4) The magazine shall propagate the objectives of the Movement as spelt out in this constitution.
62 (1) There shall be membership/ceremonial procedures established by the Movement, such procedures shall include initiations, Jolly format, dressing, Oath of secrecy and the likes.
(2) The membership and the ceremonial procedures shall be established by the National Council of Elders with the consent of two-third majority of members present at its meeting.
(3) No section of the membership/ceremonial procedure shall be amended except by consent of two-third majority of members present at the NCOE meeting.
(4) The traditional mode of dressing by members at any official engagement shall be as prescribed in the membership procedure of the Movement.
(5) All approved ceremonies shall be deemed to be National Ceremonies presided over by the National/Zonal Head.
63 (1) Zones are empowered under this section to hold zonal meetings at their own discretion and convenience.
(2) Zonal meetings shall be attended by all Black Lords in the Zone.
64 Subject to the provision of this constitution, a jolly shall take the format stated in the membership procedures of the constitution.
65 (1) There shall be code of conduct applicable to all members of the Movement, violation of which shall attract disciplinary action.
(2) Members shall be present and punctual at meetings, jollies and other Movement activities.
(3) Members shall not get kpampous at any time.
(4) Members shall not Braitwaite during Movement activities.
(5) Members shall uphold at all times the spirit of brotherhood
(6) Members shall always be civil in their relationship with non-members
(7) Members shall not offer nor receive bribes.
(8) Members shall keep secret secret.
(9) Members shall carry out the Movement assignment with dispatch.
(10) Members shall always fight for the advancement of the Black Race
(11) Members shall always show good example to others.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
Axeman: Shall refer to a general form of reference tp any member of the Movement
Aye: The traditional salute of members of the Movement.
Uhuru: The Official magazine/mouth piece of the Movement
Black Lord: Shall refer to any member who has been initiated as such in accordance with the provision of this constitution.
Council of Elders: Shall refer to a Body of person (National or Zonal) appointed as Legislative, Judicial and Advisory Organ of the Movement.
Country: As used in this constitution shall mean an independent nation throughout the world where freedom, equality and social justice exist among races, and creed.
De-Axe: A process or ceremony of dismissal of a member from the Movement.
Graduate: A member who has attained or acquired the N.C.E; OND; HND; or First Degree in any University or Institution of Higher Learning.
Head: The Chief Executive of the Movement (National/Zonal)
Initiation: The ceremony of induction of member performed by the Zone.
Jolly/Jollification: A get together ceremony by members of the Movement.
Movement: The NEO-BLACK MOVEMENT OF AFRICA
National Body: Shall include the National Executive, National COE and any other body having a National function.
National Executive: As described in Article 5, Part 3 of this constitution.
Working Day: Monday through Friday in a week.
Zone: Any area earmarked by the National Executive as a Zone on the basis of geographical proximity.
Zonal Executives: Officer of Zones as listed in Article 5, Part 5 Section 43 of this constitution.
- AMENDMENT: No section of this constitution shall be amended except by consent of two-third majority of members present in the National COE meeting and subsequent ratification by simple majority at any National convention.
- CITATION: This constitution may be citied as the Constitution of the Neo-Black Movement of Africa, 2004 as amended and it supersedes and repeals the constitution of the Neo-Black Movement 2000.
ADOPTION: Made as Amended in ASABA, DELTA STATE this 17th Day of April, 2004.
DISCIPLINARY STANDARDS OF NBM
DISCIPLINARY STANDARDS APPLICATION PROPOSAL AS SET OUT BY THE COMMITTEE SET UP BY THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF ELDERS.
CHAPTER 1-CODE OF CONDUCT
ARTICLE 1: MEMBER EXPECTATIONS
CHAPTER 2-MEMBERS DISCIPLINARY POLICY
ARTICLE 1: REPORTING VIOLATIONS
ARTICLE 2: DISTRIBUTION
ARTICLE 3: DEFINITIONS
ARTICLE 4: HEARING AUTHORITY
ARTICLE 5: PROSCRIBED CONDUCT
ARTICLE 6: DISCIPLINE OF THE INDIVIDUAL MEMBER
ARTICLE 7: DISCIPLINE OF THE ACTIVE ZONE
ARTICLE 8: HEARING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
AFRTICLE 9: INTERPRETATION AND REVISION.
Discipline is the basic ingredient that sets the foundation of a responsible organization that will be and is true to its ideals. An organization that strives to maintain its ideals is a responsible organization. If appreciable progress is made in this progress it can be said that the members are responsible to the ideals and values set out by themselves as a group. The unique nature of human beings as individuals and our frailties as such necessitates that checks and balances are instituted to ensure modes and standards are maintained.
The integrity of the Neo Black Movement of Africa (Worldwide) depends upon each member’s acceptance of individual responsibility and respect for the rights of others. NBM expects that its members would not lie, cheat, engage in neither dishonest or unlawful behavior nor any behavior intended to inflict physical or emotional harm on another person or property.
NBM is also committed to fostering the importance of disciplinary standards as they relate to the MISSION of the movement and as a primary means of instilling commitment to HONESTY, PERSONAL INTEGRITY and a HIGHER DEGREE OF ETHICAL CONDUCT that is TRADITIONALLY EXPECTED OF THE MEN OF NBM.
Set out below is the preamble of a report of the NCOE COMMITTEE ON THE REDUCTION AND HARMONIZATION OF COMMITTEES submitted to and adopted by the NCOE in 2007.
“In line with the constitutional provisions of NBM the NCOE bestows on the council, advisory, legislative and judicial functions. While performing its advisory role the NCOE is at liberty to make suggestions to the NEXCO which coordinates and administers all aspects of the movement’s activities for the good governance of the movement. The legislative functions of the NCOE include making resolutions, approving laws and amendments to the constitution for the ratification of the National Convention. The judicial functions are based on its responsibility to discipline errant members of the NEXCO and as an appellate and ratification council for the disciplinary measures that may have been taken by any other organ or member of the movement”.
The setting out of this preamble was to enable us fully appreciate the differences between the functions of the NEXCO and NCOE (ZEXCO and ZCOE) so that while setting out the oversight tools of the NCOE it will be a total appraisal that will cover all the activities of the NEXCO and further regulate the internal activities of the NCOE to enable efficiency and functionality. It is only necessary now to put this report in context as a means of ensuring consistency in policy making at the NCOE.
The disciplinary rules described herein are to be considered the “MORAL MINIMUM” with the movement. This member code of conduct and disciplinary standards are meant to provide strong guidance as a minimum moral standard with which all members should strive to exceed.
CODE OF CONDUCT
- Members shall respect the aims and objectives of the movement and shall work within the framework of policies, procedures, guidelines or regulations of the movement.
- Members shall strive to conduct themselves according to the movements cardinal principles of FREEDOM, EQUALITY and JUSTICE.
- Members shall be responsible for their own behavior, recognizing that THEIR ACTIONS REFLECT UPON THEMSELVES, THEIR PEERS AND OCCASIONALLY OTHERS.
- Members shall avoid actions that violate or diminish personal or professional ethics, the legal and civil rights of other members, the public or society in general which may be affected by their actions.
- Members shall respect the dignity of all persons and WILL NOT physically, mentally or psychologically abuse any human being nor allow themselves to be so abused.
- Members shall strive to bring into the movement MEN who will benefit from conducting themselves according to the cardinal principles of the movement and MEN whose membership in the movement shall benefit the movement.
- Members shall regard, refer and treat members and all individuals with civility and respect.
- Members shall respect their property and the property of others and will neither abuse nor tolerate the abuse of property.
- Members shall pay any and all zonal, regional, national or international dues and assessments for the member to remain in GOOD STANDING with the respective zone, region or National body.
- Members in good standing shall make efforts to attend zonal and National INTERTALK’S (IT’s).
- Members in good standing shall make efforts to support all of the movements mandated programs.
- Members WHO ARE STUDENTS shall abide by those academic standards established by the movement and by the COLLEGE, POLYTECHNIC or UNIVERSITY as a whole.
- In addition to this DISCIPLINARY STANDARDS, all members who attend colleges, polytechnics and universities are MANDATED to abide by the policies and regulations that govern the duties, responsibilities and conduct explicitly or implicitly described in the institutions publications.
MEMBERS DISCIPLINARY POLICY
The disciplinary policy explains the procedures for reporting violations, sanctions that may be imposed and the basis upon which an appeal may be filed. This policy supplements and DOES NOT replace other rules of the movement that may provide for disciplinary policies rules or regulations.
Anyone wishing to report a violation(s) of the members disciplinary standards or the movements rules and regulations, shall submit a WRITTEN or VERIFIABLE ORAL report to the ZONAL HEAD or NATIONAL HEAD of the ZONE or MOVEMENT.
All members in good standing and prospective members are entitled to receive a copy of the Disciplinary Standards.
- The term ‘MOVEMENT’ shall refer to Neo Black Movement of Africa (Worldwide).
- The term ‘Member’ shall refer to those MEN who have been initiated into and have paid all applicable dues and assessments to all units of the Movement and who are in good standing with the movement
- The term ‘SHALL’ is used in the imperative sense
- The term ‘MAY’ is used in the permissive sense.
- The Zonal Head, Zonal Council of Elders, National Head and the National Council of Elders shall discipline members as herein provided and such disciplinary actions –WHEN PROPERLY IMPOSED UPON MEMBERS-shall be honoured and held binding pending appeal.
- The disciplinary action imposed by the National Head and National Council of Elders SHALL override the discipline – if any- imposed by the Zonal Head or Zonal Council of Elders.
- Nothing in this manual shall prohibit a Zone from imposing its own discipline upon its own zonal members if it deems it appropriate. However in determining whether punishment is appropriate for an offence, the NCOE will not defer to the punishment imposed by a zone.
- Decisions made by the Zone shall be final pending the appeal process-if any- to the NCOE.
- The NCOE may for good cause review the discipline imposed by any zone or the National Head.
CONDUCT –RULES AND REGULATIONS
- Any member found to have committed any of the following misconducts (but not limited to misconducts specifically contained herein) is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined herein;
- Violation of any rule found in the movements constitution, byelaws, this manual and such additional regulations as may be enacted in accordance with existing rules.
- Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion and/or other conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
- Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to money or property.
- Failure to comply with law enforcement officers acting in the performance of their duties which ends up exposing the movement to public ridicule and/or embarrassment or exposing members or innocent members of the society to physical, mental or psychological harm.
- Violation of the Nigerian constitution or the Constitution of any and all countries that the movement maintains Zones.
- Illegal and/or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons or dangerous chemicals at any of the Movements sponsored events.
- Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; aiding, abetting or procuring another person to breach the peace at functions sponsored by or participated in by any organ of the movement.
- Violation of our oath of membership.
- Violation of any portion of the membership initiation process whether before, during or after the start of an officially sanctioned membership process. This also includes conduct that occur in situations where the NCOE has not approved the membership process initiated by a Zone or member.
- Violation of a mandatory policy or resolution approved by the NCOE.
- Abuse of the members disciplinary standards including:
- Failure to obey the summons of the Zonal Head, ZCOE, National Head or NCOE.
- Falsification, distortion or misrepresentation of information before the ZCOE or NCOE.
- Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a disciplinary proceeding.
- Institution of a disciplinary proceeding knowingly without cause.
- Attempting to discourage and individual members proper participation in or use of the disciplinary standards procedure.
- Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of the ZCOE or NCOE during the course of a disciplinary proceeding.
- Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation or any form of RETALIATION against a member of the ZCOE or NCOE prior to, during and/or after a disciplinary proceeding.
- Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the members disciplinary policy.
- Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the members disciplinary policy.
- The movement will cooperate fully with the law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of criminal laws and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the REHABILITATION of violators.
DISCIPLINE OF THE INDIVIDUAL MEMBER
Any member found guilty of any of the above offences shall upon a disciplinary determination by the NCOE or ZCOE upon recommendation of same by the REPORTER OF THE VIOLATION and /or the Zonal Head or National Head through their executives, be subject to one or more of the following disciplinary measures:
- Suspension- indefinitely or for a designated period
- FM- physical training
- Any other lawful punishment that does not dehumanize nor reduce a man’s sense of dignity.
When these penalties are properly imposed upon a member the penalties shall be honoured and held binding by all Zones and chapters of the movement as if same was imposed by them.
DEFINITION OF PENALTIES
This is a permanent cessation of membership; once expelled membership will not be considered unless requirements for new intakes as stated in the constitution are fulfilled.
Any deaxed person shall:
- Surrender to the Zonal Head or National Head his official membership certificate, membership card and all his regalia, clothing or pin/jewelry bearing any identity to the movement.
- Remove himself and his personal effects from the property of the Zone or National body/Movement whilst bearing at the back of his mind the fact that he may not return on any occasion.
- Not attend any meeting of any Zone or National Body.
- Cease to identify himself with the movement in any manner.
It is worthy and imperative to note that re admittance shall be considered by and only by the NCOE as a member of the movement if after a judicial review by the NCOE it is found that Justice was not served in the process leading to the expulsion.
This is a temporary cessation of membership; its period may either be indefinite or definite depending on the gravity of the violators actions as determined by the ZCOE or NCOE.
Any suspended person shall:
- Remove himself and his personal effects from the property of the Zone or National body/Movement whilst bearing at the back of his mind the fact that he may not return on any occasion unless expressly permitted to do so by the NCOE.
- Not attend any meeting of any Zone or National Body unless expressly permitted to do so for the purposes of a judicial review by the NCOE.
- Cease to identify himself with the movement in any manner.
It is worthy and imperative to note that any offender returning to the movement after a period of suspension shall be made to aver and sign an undertaken to be of good behavior forthwith.
A member on probation shall:
- Follow the limitations, restrictions and terms of the probation.
- Pay all dues, fees and assessments applicable to all members in good standing unless expressly excused therefrom by the terms of the designated probation.
- Physical training (FM)
As originally intended ‘FM’ is fashioned as an endurance test in the mold of the African manhood initiation process and it is used during initiation of new members as a beginning in the training and development of a sound mind and body. It also serves as a reminder to an offending member of the essence of his membership. FM is a combination of different physical exercises under the command of a group of ‘PLAYERS’ and is at times combined with another mode of punishment known and referred to as JANET-COLLECTION. It is also used as a reminder for the newly elected officials of the responsibilities they are embarking on. As society evolves so also does its rules. For health reasons and other encumberances it is necessary that FM be controlled, timed and monitored to avoid ‘ACCIDENTS’.
The whole essence of collection as originally intended is a process where an offender is made to pass through a ‘HUMBLING’ experience when asked to ‘DOWN’ for collection. The idea is not to punish but to serve as a reminder to practice expected ideals and as a deterrent against future occurrences of such misconduct. The number of ‘JANET’ to be collected should not be the emphasis. The emphasis is to initiate and elicit a feeling of remorse from the offender for corrective purposes. It must be noted that using Janet as punishment is ‘CORPORAL’ punishment and when used in this form it loses its purpose when whoever is implementing the order tries to equate the offender or anger or inconvenience caused by the member with the number of Janets collected. The enforcer of a collection order and pronouncer of such order must eschew hatred and seek to correct rather than act perverse.
A fine is a compulsory tax that is paid by an offender either in monetary terms or in kind.
A member who is fined shall within the prescribed time pay the fine or carry out the obligation to the Zone or National body. Refusal, failure and/or neglect to do same shall subject the member to being declared a non financial member who shall be exposed to being placed under more penalties including deaxeation as determined by the ZCOE or NCOE.
DISCIPLINE OF AN ACTIVE ZONE
A zone can be fined, reprimanded, denied right to participate in NBM programs, suspended, deactivated and/or revoked for:
- Becoming rebellious
- Aiding and abetting criminal activities of members
- Criminally conspiring to defraud or embarrass the movement
- And other offences as determined by the NCOE
This disciplinary action against the zone may and would be taken by the NCOE if it is necessary to:
- Ensure the safety and well being of members of that zone or other innocent individuals or for the preservation of lives and property in that zone.
- In order that a formal or informal investigation into the activities of the zone be performed as a means of ascertaining the potential violations and individual violators.
During the pendency of a disciplinary measure on a zone, members should be denied access to movement activities or privileges for which the NCOE would determine as appropriate.
HEARING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
SECTION 1. CHARGES AGAINST AN ACCUSED
- Any member may direct a charge in writing against any member for misconduct. Charges shall when possible be prepared in writing and directed to the Zonal or National Head.
- When the action complained of also a violation of criminal statutes, the facts should be simultaneously reported to law enforcement agents.
- Any charge or allegation shall be submitted as soon as possible after the conduct or event takes place. If a person believes that that conduct is about to take place, a report should be submitted before the alleged conduct occurs.
- The Zonal head and National Head have the sole discretion to initiate a formal or informal investigation to determine if the charges or allegations have merit and/or if they can be disposed of administratively by mutual consent of the parties.
- In doing A above the Zonal or National Head assembles a fact finding team that will conduct the investigation of the allegations.
- The fact finding team may utilize whatever investigative tools / methods at their disposal to investigate whether an offence was committed.
- Whether the allegations are founded or unfounded the chairman of the fact finding team MUST present a written report of its activities and findings to the Zonal or National Head within the specified time.
RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED
- All members accused shall have a right to a hearing before the ZONAL or National Executive.
- The accused shall have a right to timely notice of hearing.
- The accused also has the right to be heard during the time disciplinary measures for his misconduct is being considered.
- The accused shall have the right to see the written petition or charge against him before a hearing.
- The accused may be asked to leave the hearing by the Zonal heard once he states his defence or side of the events.
- A decision by the Zonal head to expel a member or a decision by the National Head to suspend or revoke a Zone (all ratified by the respective COE’s) may be appealed by the zonal member in issue or members of the Zone to the ZCOE or NCOE in writing and within reasonable time.
- Such an appeal shall be limited to review of the records of the initial hearing and supporting documents and facts to:
- Determine whether the original hearing was conducted fairly in the light of the charges and evidence presented.
- To determine whether the initial proceeding was conducted in conformity with prescribed procedures giving the complaining member reasonable time and opportunity to prepare and present evidence that an offence was committed and giving the accused reasonable time to defend himself.
- To determine whether the decision reached regarding the accused or zone was based on substantial evidence.
- To determine whether sanctions imposed were appropriate for the violation that the member or zone committed.
- To consider new evidence, sufficient to alter a decision or other relevant facts not brought out in the original hearing because the person appealing did not know such facts and/or evidence existed as at the time of the original hearing.
INTERPRETATION AND REVISION
- Any question of interpretation regarding the disciplinary standards manual shall be referred to the NCOE
- The manual shall be reviewed under the direction and instructions of the NCOE.
Lord Martin Luther King (IFY 95)
Chairman, Disciplinary Standards Committee
December 10th, 2011