Ex­tor­tion: Sacked Nimc work­ers threaten le­gal ac­tion

The Punch - - NEWS - Ihuoma Chiedozie

In­di­ca­tions have emerged that some of the work­ers dis­missed by the na­tional Iden­tity Man­age­ment Com­mis­sion are threat­en­ing le­gal ac­tion against the body.

no fewer than six work­ers were sacked by the com­mis­sion af­ter be­ing in­dicted for ex­tor­tion dur­ing the on­go­ing na­tional Iden­tity num­ber en­rol­ment.

Some of the dis­missed work­ers were also in­dicted for il­le­gal and unau­tho­rised print­ing of the nin for ex­ter­nal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

How­ever, our correspond­ent has learnt that some of the of­fi­cers are plan­ning to take the

NIMC to the na­tional In­dus­trial Court to over­turn their dis­missal.

a source told our correspond­ent that be­sides de­mand­ing re­in­state­ment, the dis­missed work­ers are also con­sid­er­ing ask­ing the court to com­pel the NIMC to com­pen­sate them.

The source said, “Some of them have al­ready ap­proached lawyers over the mat­ter.

“They are plan­ning to take the mat­ter to the na­tional In­dus­trial Court.

“They want the court to over­turn their sack­ing and also ask the com­mis­sion to com­pen­sate them for sack­ing them.”

Our correspond­ent fur­ther learnt that the dis­missed work­ers we are in­sist­ing that the NIMC Se­nior Staff Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee, who in­ves­ti­gated them, lacked the pow­ers to dis­miss them from the ser­vice.

But our correspond­ent learnt that a lawyer ap­proached by one of the dis­missed work­ers turned down the case on the ground that “ex­tor­tion is a crim­i­nal of­fence.”

The Gen­eral Man­ager, Le­gal Ser­vices, NIMC, Hadiza Daga­bana told our correspond­ent that, apart from ter­mi­nat­ing their ap­point­ments, they were also con­sid­er­ing fil­ing crim­i­nal charges against the dis­missed work­ers.

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