Court orders reinstatement of Sokoto Auditor-General
The National Industrial Court in Sokoto has ordered the immediate reinstatement of a former Auditor General of Sokoto State Sambo Nawawi and the payment of all his entitlements.
Nawawi had filed a suit challenging his retirement by the Sokoto State government, which he described as premature since he did not reach the statutory 60 years retirement age as stipulated by the constitutional provisions for Auditor General.
Justice Kiyashot Damlak said the constitution made specific terms of retirement for office of the Auditor General with corroborating lawful provisions. He said Sokoto State laws and subsequent modifications were voided because the constitution superseded them.
Counsel to Nawawi, Sufi Basheer, had said his client’s appointment was wrongly terminated and prayed the court to reinstate him.
But the Sokoto State Attorney General, Mr Suleiman Usman, SAN, who represented the state government, said laid down procedures were adhered to as the law provided that civil servants should reach 60 years of age or 35 years in service.
He said civil service rules binding on all civil servants. were