UK High Commission Loses Attempt To Stop Enforcement Of Dismissed Nigerian Employees’ Court Sentence

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Abuja has dismissed a request from the British High Commission trying to stay the execution of a judgment that ordered him to compensate two former Nigerian employees who were unfairly dismissed by the office. The two former staff members of the British High Commission in Nigeria, Ayo Oyarero and Thomas Anakhuekha, sued the commission over their unlawful dismissal in 2015. The judge, Edith Agbakoba, in a judgment of June 2021, declared without effect the termination of the jobs of Messrs. Oyarero and Anakhuekha. Ms Agbakoba held that the “termination of the applicants’ duties without recourse to the disciplinary procedure as recommended by the British High Commission’s Locally Recruited Staff Handbook (Revised Edition 2011) is wrongful”. In the lawsuit marked: NICN/ABJ/1442017, the British High Commission and two of its officials, John Farrand and Gurdeep Purewal, were listed as defendants. But the British High Commission filed a request to suspend the execution of the sentence. Decision Ruling on Thursday’s request to stay the execution of the sentence, the judge held that the request and the appeal before the Court of Appeal challenging the sentence were invalid. Ms. Agbakoba said that the British High Commissioner did not obtain permission from the court to initiate the appeal as required by the rules of the National Industrial Court. “Without the request for leave to appeal, I can’t do anything,” the judge said. Costume In May 2017, the plaintiffs, Messrs. Oyarero and Anakhuekha, sued the defendants for illegal looting. The claimants who were hired as Transportation Coordinator and Auto Mechanic in 2007 and 2003, respectively, were terminated after a disciplinary committee established to investigate allegations of vehicle parts sourcing from unauthorized sources allegedly introduced issues unrelated to its investigation. . Messrs Oyarero and Anakhuekha subsequently appealed against the disciplinary committee’s findings, but their appeal was ignored by the British High Commission, leading to the duo’s dismissal in 2015. The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, Senior Advocate for Nigeria, took up the matter, arguing that the dismissal without recourse to the disciplinary procedure recommended by the Locally Committed Staff Manual (Revised Edition 2011) was “unfair, unlawful, unlawful and malicious”. .” Mr. Ozekhome had argued that the commission’s disciplinary committee reports on his clients contained superfluous matters that were never raised during the proceedings, while some vital testimonies made during the proceedings were carefully and deliberately omitted. Defendants’ Arguments The British High Commission through its lawyer, Patrick Osu, argued that the plaintiffs’ jobs were terminated due to their failure to keep correct and complete records for the storage and use of engine spare parts for the defendants’ fleets. The defendants said that Messrs. Oyarero and Anakhuekha circumvented the necessary checks and balances and procedure required to satisfy the principles of the Commonwealth Foreign Office procurement policy on the procurement of vehicle parts. Mr. Osu clarified that the plaintiffs’ termination letter was amended by the UK Deputy High Commission to reflect January 11, 2016, rather than the initial November 11, 2015. He said the amendment was to accommodate the time frame for consideration of the plaintiffs’ appeal against their termination. The defendants argued that the lawsuit was “frivolous and unfounded in law,” urging the court to dismiss it at substantial costs to the defendants. Judgment But in his view, Ms Agbakoba overturned the termination of the applicants’ employment by the British High Commission. Subsequently, the judge ordered the payment of five years’ salary as compensation to the plaintiffs for their illegal dismissal. “By order of this court, the defendants will pay the plaintiffs three years of salary each as severance pay/wrongful termination of their employment. “By order of this court, the defendants must pay the plaintiffs two years’ salary as compensation for unfair labor practices,” the judge stated. It added that “all sums payable within 30 days thereafter, 10% interest will be applied”, the cost of the lawsuit was set at N200,000. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; UK High Commission Loses Attempt To Stop Enforcement Of Dismissed Nigerian Employees’ Court Sentence