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Maina drags Head of Service to court

15 May 2013, 16:44

Abuja- Abdulrasheed Maina, the former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, on Wednesday dragged the Head of Service of the Federation and six others before the National Industrial Court, for alleged unlawful dismissal.

The others are the Federal Civil Service Commission, Ministry of Interior, the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Senate, the Clerk of the Senate and the Clerk of the National Assembly.

Maina is praying the court to make a declaration that his purported dismissal as chairman of the task team was illegal, null and void.

He is also praying the court to order the defendants to reinstate him into the service.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Maina was dismissed by the Head of Service for allegedly absconding from duty and attempting to evade arrest.

When the case came up for mention on Wednesday, the claimant was not in court. He was represented by his counsel, Mr Mahmud Magaji (SAN).

NAN also reports that two of the seven defendants were represented in court when the case was mentioned.

Mr Polycap Hamman, a Principal State Counsel, who represented the office of the Head of Service, told the court that he had filed all his processes.

However, Counsel to the Federal Civil Service Commission (second defendant), Mrs Ebuk Ekpo, informed the court that she filed her processes ``out of time’’.

Ekpo asked the court to adjourn the matter to enable her regularise her position in the interest of justice.

The President of the court, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, adjourned the case to May 28 for adoption of written addresses.

Adejumo also ordered that fresh hearing notice be served on the Attorney-General, the Senate, the Clerk of the Senate and the Clerk of the National Assembly before the next adjourned date.



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