Court or­ders EFCC to re­in­state sacked op­er­a­tive

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The Pres­i­dent, Na­tional In­dus­trial Court of Nige­ria Jus­tice Ba­batunde Ade­jumo yes­ter­day or­dered the re­in­state­ment of a dis­missed staff of the Eco­nomic and Financial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC), Michael Nzekwe.

Nzekwe had in April 2014, through his coun­sel Ab­dul Mo­hammed, sought an or­der com­pelling the EFCC to re­store him to the ser­vice fol­low­ing his dis­missal in Fe­bru­ary 2014 over al­leged dis­ci­plinary of­fences.

In a judg­ment yes­ter­day, Ade­jumo held that the dis­missal of the claimant was il­le­gal be­cause he was not given fair hear­ing.

Nzekwe was de­clared a de­serter and dis­missed af­ter he over­stayed his seven-day ca­sual leave by eight days. He claimed his wife was hos­pi­talised in In­dia re­sult­ing in the over stay.

But the EFCC said Nzekwe was in pos­ses­sion of a memo man­dat­ing him to seek ap­proval be­fore trav­el­ing over­seas, which he failed to com­ply with.

In his rul­ing, Jus­tice Ade­jumo said the claimant should have been tried and pun­ished on dis­ci­plinary of­fences as pro­vided by the rules.

The judge dis­missed EFCC’s counter claim for the op­er­a­tive to re­fund N500, 000 and other loans, and or­dered the anti-graft agency to re­in­state the claimant and pay him all out­stand­ing salaries and en­ti­tle­ment.

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