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Published On: Mon, Oct 19th, 2020

Illegal dismissal: Court reinstates sacked NIA director, awards him N1m

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By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Abuja, yesterday, reinstated Ambassador Mohammed Dauda, dismissed as the acting Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) as the substantive director in the agency.
The presiding judge, Justice Olufunke Anuwe declared Duada’s dismissal as a director in the agency as illegal, null and void and ordered for his immediate reinstatement.
Consequently, the court granted all the reliefs sought by the claimant and awarded the sum of one million naira in his favor.
Mentioned as first and second defendants in the right suit are Director- General and NIA.
Dauda, who was dismissed on March 6, 2018, asked the court to determine whether the procedure adopted by the defendants in the case leading to his purported dismissal is in compliance with Article 8(1) and (2) of the National Securities Agency Act (CAPS 278) 1986.
In an originating summons filed through his counsel, Kanu Agabi (SAN), and marked NICN/ABJ/136/2018, Dauda also asked the court to determine whether the purported letter of dismissing him issued on March 6, 2018 is not unlawful, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.
The former acting NIA DG also asked the court to reinstate him as director; and order for the payment of his salaries and other entitlements from the date of his unlawful dismissal to the date of his reinstatement.

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