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Staff of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Mr. Ogar Francis has dragged the Code of Conduct Tribunal to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Abuja Division, for his purported dismissal from public service without recourse to the public service rule 2000 and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The case came up on March 3, 2016 with both parties present in court.
Hearing on the matter did not however take place as scheduled because the defendant’s lawyer complained of improper service on him even though he received the service and was in court.
The court wondered why he (the defendant’s lawyer) received the service and was in court if not properly served.
In reaction, the judge frowned at the approach of the defendant’s lawyer for unnecessarily delaying the matter which commenced about 11years ago at the Federal High Court Abuja.
The Court further added that having received the documents in the last date in court without raising any objection of improper service and now appeared in court to complain of improper service to stall the proceedings amounts to unnecessary technicalities and waste of court’s valuable time.
The judge added that delay tactics and deliberate attempt to delay the process will not be tolerated or condoned.
The judge wondered why a civil matter which was instituted since 2005 through a suit no FHC/ABJ/CS/267/2005 would drag to this time, about 11 years before being transferred to the National Industrial Court in 2015.
In the suit the Plaintiff is challenging his purported dismissal from service without due process. From the documents filed by the plaintiff, it was discovered that the he was either queried on any of the grounds for his purported dismissal or invited to face a disciplinary committee as required by the public service rule 2000 but was summarily dismissed from service.
The case which has dragged on since 2005 from the Federal High Court and the present judge at the National Industrial Court has granted an application by the Plaintiff’s lawyer for accelerated hearing.
The matter was adjourned to April 27 and 28, 2016

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