Court restrains Auchi Poly from dismissing staff


The National Industrial Court has restrained Auchi Polytechnic from suspending or terminating the services of Igbinosun Ese for alleged offence contained in a query from the institution.

The court also restrained the Institution from interfering with the employment or duties of Ese, pending the determination of the motion on notice.

The judge, Justice Peter Lifu, gave the order on Wednesday after hearing the ex-parte motion by V.O. Edegbenin, counsel to the claimant.

Lifu said that he gave the order since injunction is an equitable remedy because he who come to equity must do so timeously.

He said that he had considered the applicant’s supporting affidavits, and “it is my considered view that the applicant’s prayer should be granted.

“The defendants is hereby restrained either by themselves, agents, servants, privies from suspending, terminating, dismissing or in anywhere interfering with the employment, duties of the claimant,” he said.

Ese had sued Auchi Polytechnic and joined its Rector, Registrar Chairman and Secretary of the Staff Disciplinary Committee as co-respondents.

In a related development, the court restrained the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Kaduna, from suspending or deducting the salaries of the claimant, Dr O.O.Akpapunam.

The claimant’s counsel, Mrs A. T.U Ibinola, moved the application which was supported by a 42-paragraphs affidavit.

The claimant joined, Dr Taiwo Sheikh, the Medical Director, as co-respondent.

Lifu adjourned the two cases to July 15 for the hearing of the motion on notice.

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Source:: PM Newspaper