[Re-Instatement Claim] Industrial Court Dismisses Suit against Federal College Of Education Owerri

The Presiding Judge, Owerri Judicial division of the National Industrial Court, His Lordship, Hon. Justice Ibrahim Galadima has dismissed the suit filed by one Anyanwu Gogo against Alvan Ikoku Federal College Of Education Owerri for lacking merit.

The court held that Anyanwu Gogo has no legal grievance worth ventilating against the College after he had effectively resigned from his employment 11 years earlier.

From facts, the claimant- Anyanwu Gogo had submitted that the stoppage of his salary by the institution from August 2007 is a violation of his fundamental human right to a fair hearing that his employment as an assistant security officer into the service of Alvan Ikoku Federal College Of Education Owerri is subsisting and valid till his proper retirement or any lawful process of disengagement.

In its defense, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri through its counsel, Ngozi Olehi maintained that the institution had nothing to do with Mr. Gogo because his appointment was temporarily and was assigned to the former provost as his personal staff.

The counsel to the college, Ngozi Olehi Esq stated that Anyanwu Gogo had no cause of action to pursue before that court that he expressly withdrew his service from the college in 2007 and so his salary was accordingly stopped, urged the court to dismiss the case.

In opposition, Gogo’s counsel, C. E. Anyanwu Esq argued that his client’s contract of employment was not personal but was one regulated by the rules and conditions of service of the college. He too had urged the court to grant the reliefs sought.

Delivering the judgment, the Presiding Judge, Justice Ibrahim Galadima held that Anyanwu Gogo had ceased to be an employee of the institution as far back as 2007 when he had voluntarily resigned his employment.

“His claims are devoid of any merit, and they are hereby dismissed in their entirety as well as the unsavory and unmeritorious N12M damages sought by him, and I so hold.” Justice Galadima ruled.

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