Lecturer sues college over alleged unlawful suspension

A suspended lecturer at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Gusau, Mr Reuben Adejoh, has dragged the institution before the National Industrial Court (NIC) claiming unlawful suspension.

Adejoh had filed the suit against the college in January, with its Governing Council, the Provost and the Registrar as co-defendants.

The claimant, who was employed as a Lecturer 2 in the Department of General Studies in October 2007, had approached the court to challenge the suspension of his salary.

He alleged that the defendants ganged up and denied him access to the ETF grant, which was approved for him to pursue a Ph.D in Ukraine in 2010.

Adejoh further alleged that he was not given the opportunity to defend himself before the college’s Disciplinary Committee before his salary was stopped by the second defendant in March 2012.

The claimant is praying the court to declare that the withdrawal of his study leave by the defendants, earlier granted by same to undertake a Ph.D study, was unjust and unlawful.

Adejoh is also asking the court to order the defendants to restore his study leave and facilitate his access to ETF grant, which was processed in his name.

The claimant further prayed the court to order the defendants to pay him all his outstanding salary arrears and N33.1 million as damages, and give him his due promotion.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that when the matter came up for mention in March, the defendants had raised a preliminary objection, which was dismissed for lack of merit.

At the resumed hearing on Thursday, counsel to the claimant, Mr Sampson Shaba, filed an application for extension of time within which to respond to the defendants’ statement of defence.

Justice Oluseun Shogbola adjourned the case to June 10, for hearing




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