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Wrongful Dismissal: Again, Court Adjourns Ex-EFCC Officials’ Suit Till May 27

The alleged case of wrongful dismissal brought against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by two of its former employees; Juliet Ibekaku, former assistant director, Legal and Prosecution and Michael Nzekwe, prosecutor in Legal and Prosecution Department, before Justice Babatunde A. Adejumo of the National Industrial Court, NIC, has been adjourned to May 27, 2015.

According to the spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, “the case was initially scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2015 but, had to be shifted to yesterday for undisclosed reasons. This is the second time within a week, the case will suffer such shift in similar circumstance.”

Ibekaku and Nzekwe were dismissed by EFCC for desertion which is a serious offence against discipline going by the provisions of Section 43(e) (i) of the EFCC Staff Regulation which states that “Any officer who wilfully absents for twenty one (21) consecutive days shall be guilty of the offence of desertion and shall be dismissed from the commission as a deserter.”

The duo are contesting their dismissal from the commission which according to them did not follow due process. They are praying for an order of the court to reinstate them.

Uwujaren noted that Nzekwe was said to have abandoned his duty post for more than 21 days without authorisation or leave.

Upon being queried for absenting himself from work without authorization, the officer claimed he travelled to the United States ,” to shop for medical options”, for his wife, Agatha who had an alleged renal challenge and was hospitalized in India .

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