Lagos - The hearing into the case of unfair dismissal former employees of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have brought against the agency is continuing with one of the affected workers insisting on her innocence.
The case is continuing at the National Industrial Court where Juliet Ibekaku, a former assistant director, Legal and Prosecution, is contesting her dismissal before Justice Babatunde Adejumo.
She was dismissed for alleged for absenting herself from duty following her transfer to Lagos in 2013.
Answering question on a query arising from her absence from duty which was issued to her, Ibekaku denied knowledge of getting any query.
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“It is against the regulation of EFCC and even the Public Service Rules for a junior staff to query a management staff via e-mail,” she said.
“I was issued a query by a GL 12 officer who is a policeman and not a staff of EFCC. I took it to the Secretary to the Commission who happens to be a lawyer and my direct boss. He said he knew nothing about the query.
So, I discountenanced it. Consequently, I got a letter of dismissal from the respondent.”
Ibekaku and Michael Nzekwe, Prosecutor in Legal and Prosecution Department, were dismissed for alleged desertion, which according to EFCC is a serious offence against discipline.
The duo is contesting their dismissal from the Commission which, according to them, did not follow due process. They are praying for an order of the court to reinstate them.
- CAJ News