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Court re­in­states dis­missed NIA di­rec­tor gen­eral

- By John Chuks Azu Corruption · Crime · White-collar Crime · Discrimination · Politics · Human Rights · Society · Nigeria · Abuja · Minister of Justice (Afghanistan) · Abubakar Malami

The Na­tional In­dus­trial Court of Nige­ria in Abuja yes­ter­day re­in­stated Am­bas­sador Mo­hammed Dauda who was dis­missed as the act­ing Direc­torGen­eral of the Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Agency as a sub­stan­tive di­rec­tor in the agency.

Jus­tice Olu­funke Anuwe granted all the re­liefs sought by the claimant and de­clared that his dis­missal as a di­rec­tor in the agency was il­le­gal, null and void.

The judge also awarded the sum of N1 mil­lion against the NIA in favour of Dauda.

In an orig­i­nat­ing sum­mon filed through his coun­sel, Kanu Agabi (SAN), Dauda had joined the Direc­torGen­eral and the NIA as first and sec­ond de­fen­dants re­spec­tively.

He had 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.

He had also asked the court to de­ter­mine whether the pur­ported let­ter of dis­miss­ing him is­sued on March 6, 2018 was not un­law­ful, null and void and of no ef­fect what­so­ever.

The for­mer act­ing NIA DG had also asked the court to re­in­state him as di­rec­tor and or­der pay­ment of his salaries and other en­ti­tle­ments from the date of his un­law­ful dis­missal to the date of his re­in­state­ment.

The judge granted th­ese prayers and also dis­missed the pre­lim­i­nary ob­jec­tion by the NIA its their coun­sel, Wale Ades­okan (SAN), that Dauda did not ex­haust in­ter­nal dis­pute set­tle­ment mech­a­nism be­fore in­sti­tut­ing the ac­tion.

Dauda had chal­lenged the com­po­si­tion of the Se­nior Staff Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee of the agency which in­ves­ti­gated al­le­ga­tions of lev­eled against him lead­ing to his let­ter of dis­missal dated March 6, 2018.

He had con­tended that the pro­ce­dure, which was not a com­pe­tent panel, was a vi­o­la­tion of Ar­ti­cle 8(1) and (2) of the Na­tional Se­cu­ri­ties Agency Act (CAP 278) 1986, and there­fore breached his right to fair hear­ing.

Mean­while, the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion and Min­is­ter of Jus­tice, Abubakar Malami, yes­ter­day did not re­spond to calls and a text mes­sage to his GSM line seek­ing to know whether the gov­ern­ment would com­ply with the court or­ders.

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