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Information Ministry stifles hearing against ex-staffer

14 June 2016, 19:24

Abuja - The National Industrial Court (NIC) has warned the Federal Ministry of Information against the continued delay in the hearing of long-running legal action a former employee instituted against it and two others.

The employee, Yushau Shuaib, filed the action three years ago to challenge his compulsory retirement from the Federal Civil Service.

James Abah Odeh, lawyer to Shuaib, decried that the Ministry of Information had during the period employed delay tactics to frustrate hearing of the civil action.

The case has resumed at the NIC with the Ministry of Information not represented.

Instead the ministry wrote a letter to the court requesting for another adjournment.

Although the adjournment was granted till July 12, Justice Edet Isele warned the defendant against undue delay of hearing of the case in the interest of justice.

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“Justice delayed is justice denied,” warned Isele.

Shuaib had dragged the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC), Ministry of Information and the Former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, before the NIC in Abuja to challenge his compulsory retirement from the former.

In the court action, the plaintiff prayed for an order of the court against the civil service commission to reinstate him to his post as Chief Information Officer.

He also prayed for an order of the court to compel the Federal Ministry of Information and FCSC to compute and pay to him all his salaries and interests due to him from the month of July 2013 up to the date of judgment.





- CAJ News


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