Lagos - The alleged case of wrongful dismissal brought against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), by two of its former employees has been deferred to Thursday.
Juliet Ibekaku, former Assistant Director of Legal and Prosecution, and Michael Nzekwe, Prosecutor in Legal and Prosecution Department, are challenging their dismissal by the anti-corruption agency.
Ibekaku and Nzekwe were dismissed by EFCC for desertion, which the organisation deems a serious offence bordering on indiscipline.
According to EFCC, Nzekwe abandoned his duty post for more than 21 days without authorisation or leave.
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Upon being queried for absenting himself from work without authorization, the officer is said to have claimed he travelled to the United States “to shop for medical options” for his wife who had an alleged renal challenge and was hospitalized in India.
It emerged he went on a pleasure trip to the United States with his two daughters, EFCC alleged.
EFCC said Ibekaku was dismissed after an exhaustive disciplinary process when it emerged that she abandoned her job after she was redeployed to the Legal and Prosecution Department in the Lagos zonal office of the Commission.
It is said she was dismissed on in February last year, after 81 consecutive days of absence from work for desertion from duty post.
The duo is contesting their dismissal by the commission claiming it did not follow due process.
They are appealing for an order of the National Industrial Court (NIC) to reinstate them.
- CAJ News