31st October, 2013
Ten former employees of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, have dragged the institution before the National Industrial Court, Abuja, claiming unlawful termination of their appointments.
The claimants joined the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), the Minister of Education and the Attorney-General of the Federation as defendants in the suit.
The claimants, led by Mr Joseph Ekundayo, alleged that their appointments were terminated in 1996 when the late Gen. Mamman Kontagora was the sole administrator of the university.
They told the court that the exercise was orchestrated by the sole administrator without due procedures.
The claimants also alleged that the Federal Government’s panel of enquiry set up to look into the matter found that the exercise was a witch-hunt and recommended that they be reinstated.
They told the court that the defendants had refused to obey the directive of the Federal Government to reinstate them for 17 years now.
The claimants prayed the court to declare that their termination was unlawful, null and void.
They also prayed the court to order the defendants to reinstate them and pay all their entitlements from the date of termination to date.
When the matter came up for mention on Thursday, the claimants’ counsel, Mr Femi Adedeji, informed the court that he had yet to receive processes from the 1st and 4th defendants.
Adedeji also sought to amend his originating summons to expunge the name of the Executive Secretary of NUC from the suit.
The counsel to the 3rd defendant, Mrs Igbin Eleja, informed the court that she had not been served with the motion for the amendment.
The presiding judge, Justice Peter Lifu, however, ordered the parties to regularise their processes, and adjourned the case to Dec. 5 for hearing of all pending motions.