NEO BLACK MOVEMENT OF AFRICA (WORLDWIDE)
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
A. 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.
B. Members shall strive to conduct themselves according to the movements cardinal
principles of FREEDOM, EQUALITY and JUSTICE.
C. Members shall be responsible for their own behavior, recognizing that THEIR ACTIONS
REFLECT UPON THEMSELVES, THEIR PEERS AND OCCASIONALLY OTHERS.
D. 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.
E. 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.
F. 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.
G. Members shall regard, refer and treat members and all individuals with civility and
H. Members shall respect their property and the property of others and will neither abuse
nor tolerate the abuse of property.
I. 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.
J. Members in good standing shall make efforts to attend zonal and National INTERTALK’S
K. Members in good standing shall make efforts to support all of the movements
L. Members WHO ARE STUDENTS shall abide by those academic standards established by
the movement and by the COLLEGE, POLYTECHNIC or UNIVERSITY as a whole.
M. 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.
A. The term ‘MOVEMENT’ shall refer to Neo Black Movement of Africa (Worldwide).
B. 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
C. The term ‘SHALL’ is used in the imperative sense
D. The term ‘MAY’ is used in the permissive sense.
A. 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
B. 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
C. 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.
D. Decisions made by the Zone shall be final pending the appeal process-if any- to the
E. The NCOE may for good cause review the discipline imposed by any zone or the
CONDUCT –RULES AND REGULATIONS
A. 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;
1. Violation of any rule found in the movements constitution, byelaws, this manual
and such additional regulations as may be enacted in accordance with existing
2. Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion and/or
other conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
3. Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to money or property.
4. 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.
5. Violation of the Nigerian constitution or the Constitution of any and all countries
that the movement maintains Zones.
6. Illegal and/or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons or
dangerous chemicals at any of the Movements sponsored events.
7. 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.
8. Violation of our oath of membership.
9. 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.
10. Violation of a mandatory policy or resolution approved by the NCOE.
11. Abuse of the members disciplinary standards including:
a. Failure to obey the summons of the Zonal Head, ZCOE, National Head or
b. Falsification, distortion or misrepresentation of information before the ZCOE
c. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a disciplinary
d. Institution of a disciplinary proceeding knowingly without cause.
e. Attempting to discourage and individual members proper participation in or
use of the disciplinary standards procedure.
f. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of the ZCOE or NCOE
during the course of a disciplinary proceeding.
g. 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.
h. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the members
i. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of
the members disciplinary policy.
B. 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:
b. Suspension- indefinitely or for a designated period
d. FM- physical training
g. Any other lawful punishment that does not dehumanize nor reduce a man’s sense of
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
Any deaxed person shall:
a. 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
b. 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.
c. Not attend any meeting of any Zone or National Body.
d. 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
Any suspended person shall:
a. 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.
b. 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.
C. 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
A member on probation shall:
a. Follow the limitations, restrictions and terms of the probation.
b. Pay all dues, fees and assessments applicable to all members in good standing
unless expressly excused therefrom by the terms of the designated probation.
d. 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
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:
a. Becoming rebellious
b. Aiding and abetting criminal activities of members
c. Criminally conspiring to defraud or embarrass the movement
d. 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
a. 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.
b. 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
A. 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
B. When the action complained of also a violation of criminal statutes, the facts should be
simultaneously reported to law enforcement agents.
C. 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.
A. 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.
B. In doing A above the Zonal or National Head assembles a fact finding team that will
conduct the investigation of the allegations.
C. The fact finding team may utilize whatever investigative tools / methods at their
disposal to investigate whether an offence was committed.
D. 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
A. All members accused shall have a right to a hearing before the ZONAL or National
B. The accused shall have a right to timely notice of hearing.
C. The accused also has the right to be heard during the time disciplinary measures for his
misconduct is being considered.
D. The accused shall have the right to see the written petition or charge against him before
E. The accused may be asked to leave the hearing by the Zonal heard once he states his
defence or side of the events.
A. 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.
B. Such an appeal shall be limited to review of the records of the initial hearing and
supporting documents and facts to:
1. Determine whether the original hearing was conducted fairly in the light of the
charges and evidence presented.
2. 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.
3. To determine whether the decision reached regarding the accused or zone was
based on substantial evidence.
4. To determine whether sanctions imposed were appropriate for the violation that
the member or zone committed.
5. 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
A. Any question of interpretation regarding the disciplinary standards manual shall be
referred to the NCOE
B. The manual shall be reviewed under the direction and instructions of the NCOE.
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Lord Martin Luther King (IFY 95)
Chairman, Disciplinary Standards Committee