Court stops doc­u­men­ta­tion of Army Gen­eral’s re­tire­ment

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By John Chuks Azu

A National In­dus­trial Court in Abuja has or­dered the Nige­rian Army to stop fur­ther doc­u­men­ta­tion of the re­tire­ment of Ma­jor Gen­eral Ijioma Okonkwo Ijioma.

Jus­tice M.N. Esowe yes­ter­day or­dered the army to put on hold all doc­u­men­ta­tion re­lat­ing to the claimant’s exit un­til the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the main suit.

The judge fur­ther ruled that the grant of the or­der re­liefs sought by Ijioma would be pre-emp­tive of the de­ci­sion of the court in the main suit.

Ijioma’s coun­sel, God­win Iy­in­bor, had moved the ap­pli­ca­tion for a re­strain­ing in­junc­tion against the army, the Min­is­ter of De­fence, Chief of De­fence Staff and the Chief of Army Staff from giv­ing ef­fect to the let­ter of his re­tire­ment.

Ijioma said he was dis­missed via a let­ter dated June 9, 2016 along with other of­fi­cers on al­le­ga­tions of in­volve­ment in an arms scan­dal.

He also wants the court to award N6 bil­lion against the de­fen­dants as dam­ages, and an apol­ogy in three national news­pa­pers. The judge fixed the suit to Oc­to­ber 12 for hear­ing.

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