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Appeal Court reinstates 118 sacked Ekiti varsity workers

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The Appeal Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, has ordered the reinstatement of 118 workers of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, who were disengaged in December 2019.

They included 32 staff members of the laboratory department who were reinstated by the Appeal Court on March 25 and 86 other employees consisting of both academic and non-academic staff, who were also reinstated yesterday by the appellate court.

The National Industrial Court sitting in Akure had earlier ordered the reinstatement of the sacked workers in the two separate suits filed by the two groups following which EKSU appealed the verdicts.

Justice Olatunde Awotoye of the Appeal Court, who, in the verdict, ordered the reinstatement of the 32 laboratory technologists, said: “They were unlawfully sacked by the University Governing Council which failed to comply with the provisions of the institution’s employment regulation”.

Consequently, the court ordered the university to pay “the claimants the salaries owed them before their unlawful disengagement”.

Justice Awotoye also ordered the university to pay each of the sacked workers N50,000 as cost of prosecuting the case of those who sued the university for wrongful and illegal termination of the appointment.

EKSU was also ordered to “pay the claimants their salaries, emoluments and allowance from the date of the unlawful termination till reinstatement and subsequently till retirement” and as well “the salaries and cost are to be paid within 30 days of the judgment”.

Also delivering judgment in the case of the 86 sacked non teaching and academic staff, Justice Abdul-Azeez Waziri, who read the lead judgment, dismissed the appeal and ordered reinstatement of the employees with payment of their full benefits.

The court directed the university to pay N50,000 to each respondent as cost and as well ordered that the employees should be paid arrears of their three months salaries.

In his reaction, one of the reinstated staff, Mr Ajayi Babatunde, said, “The judgment showed that there is still hope for the common man in Nigeria”.

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Power-drunk ex-defence chief’s son damages car, beats owner

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A naval officer, Kayode Petinrin, has been accused of assaulting a Lagos motorist, identified simply as Sola, in the CMS area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the officer also damaged Sola’s car while trying to manoeuvre on the Bus Rapid Transit lane along the axis on Tuesday.

Our correspondents learnt that when Sola complained about his damaged car, the officer allegedly beat him up.

Kayode is said to be the son of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Oluseyi Petinrin, a retired Air Chief Marshal.

The victim told our correspondent that Kayode assaulted him because he challenged him (Kayode) for damaging his new vehicle.

Sola lamented that he was planning to take the car to the palace of the Elegushi for royal blessing when the incident happened.

He said, “I was driving along CMS and there was traffic; everybody was driving orderly, but he (Kayode) just wanted to come in front of me and I had already passed where he could enter from.

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“So, he tried to squeeze his way in and hit my car. I got out of my car to see the damage and I challenged him that what he did was wrong. But he just came out and told me to get back into my car.

“I reported him to a policeman around the area, and when the man challenged him, he showed the man his ID card. I told him that if he’s a naval officer, that did not give him the right to hit my car.

“Then he started punching me. I have a deep cut on my lips. My hand was bruised, and I was seriously injured in the attack.”

Sola said he reported the case at the Maroko Police Station, adding that the DPO called the military police to follow him to Kayode’s house.

He, however, said some Air Force officers guarding the house threatened to shoot if they got closer to the gate.

“I followed him all the way from CMS to know where he lives. I then called the palace to tell them what happened. That was when kabiyesi sent two men to meet me.

“On getting there, they said I should take the legal route by reporting at the nearest police station.

“We went to Maroko Police Station; the DPO, Ganiu Raji, called the military police to inform them what the military man did.

“When we got his house, two military men came out and stopped us before we could get closer. They said they were going to shoot us. The military guys said the house belonged to a former general, and we had no right to come there.

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“The most annoying thing is that I was driving the car to the palace so that they could pray for me. It’s a new car; a BMW series,” he added.

The spokesperson for the Navy, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, described Kayode as one of the bad eggs in the service.

Ayo-Vaughan revealed that the officer was recently suspended, while his rank was reduced.

He said, “This Petinrin (Kayode) was just disciplined. In fact, his rank was reduced because of a similar issue. He is one of the bad eggs that we are managing and that is because he is our son and brother.

“I will take it up; I will call the chief staff officer so that our naval police can invite him. I will send what you have sent to me to them so as to follow up from there.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.

He said the police did not go to the house to avert a face-off.

Hundeyin said, “The DPO informed the military police; but it turned out that the Air Force personnel there threatened to shoot the military police if they did not leave that place immediately. The military police had to withdraw.”

The police spokesperson said the property belonged to the Air Force, adding that efforts were being made to officially inform the Air Force authorities about the case for further action.

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ICPC docks NSCDC Official over Alleged N12.2m Employment Scam

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Solomon Ogodo

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has dragged a Superintendent of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Solomon Ogodo, to the dock over allegations bordering on forgery, employment racketeering and fraud.

ICPC, in charge no: CR/503/2022 brought before Honourable Justice M.S. Idris of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, sitting in Jabi, Abuja, accused the defendant of defrauding unsuspecting job seekers to the tune of Twelve Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N12,200,000).

In the 5-count charge, the Commission told the Court that the accused person on different occasions hoodwinked members of the public into parting with different sums of money in the guise of securing employments for their relatives in the Nigeria Correctional Services (NCoS).

The Court was further informed of how Mr. Ogodo, with the intent to commit fraud, forged offers of provisional appointments for some applicants into the Nigeria Correctional Services.

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His actions are contrary to Section 13 and punishable under Section 68 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000, and contrary to Section 363 and punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Act. The actions also violate and is punishable under Section 1 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offence Act of 2006.

The defendant entered a “not guilty” plea when the charges were read for him.

The defense counsel, Mr. Osita Eze, thereafter moved a bail application on behalf of his client which was not opposed by ICPC counsel, Mr. Mashkur Salisu. However, Mr. Salisu urged the court to impose stringent conditions that will compel the defendant attend his trial, considering the fact that he only made himself available when he was declared wanted by the Commission.

The trial judge admitted the accused person to bail in the sum of N5m and two sureties in like sum who must be resident of FCT and civil servants not below grade level 12. The sureties were also ordered to swear affidavit of means, failure of which the defendant would be remanded in ICPC custody.

The matter was adjourned to the 16th of January 2023 for definite hearing.

Signed: Mrs. Azuka Ogugua
Spokesperson, ICPC

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Don’t buy meter, transformer, wires, NERC tells electricity consumers

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NERC’s Commissioner-in-charge of Consumers Affairs, Aisha Mahmud

• Insists consumers must sign agreement for refund
Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), yesterday, in Abuja, said it remains the responsibility of electricity distribution companies to provide meters, transformers, poles, wires and other things needed for electricity supply to consumers.

NERC’s Commissioner-in-charge of Consumers Affairs, Aisha Mahmud, speaking during a three-day NERC/Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) Customer Complaint Resolution Meeting, said a lot of consumers in Nigeria are not aware of their right.

“It is not the responsibility of the consumers to buy meters, poles or any assets for the DisCos (distribution companies) because we have already provided for that in the tariff of the utilities.
“But under any circumstances that you have to purchase these items and you cannot wait for the DisCos to make that investment, we have made provision for that under our ‘investment regulation’,” Mahmud said.

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She noted that the commission will continue to educate consumers on their responsibilities and obligations, adding that there’s a regulation, and based on that, if a consumer has to purchase a transformer, it has to be done through an agreement.

She said: “The agreement should contain a dispute resolution clause and all other items that are expected of a standard agreement. What we expect from the DisCos is to use their Internally Generated Revenue to buy those assets or rather use shareholders’ investment or borrow from banks to purchase the assets.”

According to her, it’s NERC’s responsibility to educate customers on their rights and obligations and all they are supposed to know about the electricity market.
Managing Director of AEDC, Adeoye Fadeyibi, said the company will do everything possible to meet the demands of consumers.

Represented by the Head, Regulatory and Government Relation of the AEDC, Olajumoke Delonia, Fadeyibi said the idea of the forum was to address customers’ complaints and commended NERC for the initiative.

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