The family of a deceased Deputy Director of Nigeria Intelligence Agency, Nnemeka Nwagbo, and the agency, have agreed to explore out-of-court settlement over
alleged unpaid benefits, currently before
the National Industrial Court, Abuja.
The family members, who are also the claimants, are the deceased four children: Chimdinma, Amaka, Kenechukwu, Ugochukwu; and their mother, Ngozi Nwagbo.
At the resumed sitting on Monday, the claimants’ counsel, Nguevese Tine-Tur, told the court that the matter was slated for report of settlement.
Adedayo Ogunyele, the defence counsel informed the court that the defendant, NIA, were willing and open to settle the matter out of court if the first claimant, Ngozi write a former letter to them.
Tine-Tur on her part replied in the affirmative that, that was the true position and they needed more time to do the needful.
The judge, Oyejoju Oyewumi asked the counsel how soon they can reach an agreement.
When Ogunyele said bureaucracy in the system was slowing down the process, the judge directed that the humans in charge in the system should be met to make a decision and take actions if facts are readily made available to them.
She added that: “Parties are further encouraged to resolve this matter amicably and return back to court on March 3, for report of settlement “
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the claimants asked the court to order the defendant to pay, and deliver as required by law, all Nwagbo’s benefits such as gratuity and pension contributions as accrued to him.
They also sought for an order of the court directing the defendant to deliver and surrender all the deceased personal property and that of his widow taken away by the defendant after his death to them.
The claimants further in their relief sought an order of the court to order the payment of unpaid children’s allowances and education fees to them as
The claimants, who are also the administrators of the estate of the deceased, equally prayed the court to direct the defendant to confirm to the pension administrator that the deceased was their staff.
This they said will enable the pension administrator compute the deceased pension contributions and pay them.
The claimants, in a statement of claims, said the deceased died on June 29, 2010, while in active service.
They also claimed to have approached the defendant for payment of the deceased’s benefits.
The defendant, according to them, alleged that the benefits were paid to the deceased’s mother, who was his next of kin in their record.
NAN also reports that the suit was first filed in 2012 in the same court.
The defendant, however, filed statement of defence, and in it raised preliminary objection in respect to jurisdiction of the court.
The court in a ruling declined jurisdiction and transferred the matter to FCT High Court, Maitaima.
The claimants appealed the ruling in Court of Appeal and judgment was given in their favour.
The judgment held that the Industrial Court had jurisdiction to entertain the matter, hence the claimants instituted the matter via a fresh suit.
With the new development of parties willingness to settle out of court, NAN gathered that their counsel will adopt their final terms of settlement and the court will endorse it as consent judgment (N
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Sadiya Hamza
UI vice-chancellorship: Search team to get eligible candidate
Barely 90 days to the appointment of a vice-chancellor for the premier University of Ibadan (UI), the search team constituted by the Senate of the institution says it is searching for an eligible candidate for the post.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Tunji Oladejo, Director, Public Communication said this in an interview on Monday in Ibadan.
Oladejo stated: “The search team is mandated to look for anybody who is eligible to lead the university to be the vice-chancellor but who did not apply in the first instance but that person will now be encouraged to go and apply.
“Don’t forget that UI is a national treasure, a national institution so it covers everywhere in Nigeria.
“Because the whole of Nigeria is the coverage area of UI so the search team will look for any eligible candidates in all these areas.
“So we are at that stage now.
When asked of the next step in the race towards the vice-chancellorship, he noted that the contest “is a process and so it is one step at a time.
“But we have to wait for the search team to give their recommendations”.
Oladejo also said he could not tell the number of candidates that had applied for the post since he was not part of the council secretariat, noting that only the registrar could tell.
NAN reports that some candidates have withdrawn from the race having known that their chances of emerging in the race is slim.
Some members of the UI community said that they were praying for good candidate to emerge.
A member of the community who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that those at the frontline of the race include Prof. Adeyinka Aderinto, the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Ibadan, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration and Prof. Remi Raji, former Dean Faculty of Arts, among others.
The source said that Aderinto was perceived as a strong contender for the postion.
He, however, noted that the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes has raised the need for an Ibadan indigene to emerge as the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, presenting four candidates for the approval of one who could meet the criteria.
Edited By: Kayode Olaitan (NAN)
Presidency says TUC planned protest against EFCC, NDDC, NSITF ill-advised, uncalled for
The Presidency has frowned at the reported plan by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to embark on a nationwide protest over the alleged President Buhari’s “inaction over the high-level of corruption uncovered at some Federal Government’s commissions.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that both the Executive and Legislative arms are currently investigating alleged cases of misconduct at the Niger Delta Development Agency (NDDC), the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity in a statement in Abuja on Monday, however, described the planned protests against the affected commissions by TUC as ill advised and totally uncalled for.
This is so, according to the presidential aide, in view of the fact that there are ongoing investigations in the cases by both the Executive and Legislative arms of government.
He said that these processes must be allowed to run their full courses.
”It is against the norm in a democratic society as well as the natural laws of justice to seek “action,” meaning punishment against offenders before proper investigation, trial and conviction.
”The President has made it clear that the allegations that have surfaced clearly “constitute a breach of trust” and as the investigations take hold and close out, all those found wanting will face the wrath of the law.
”The TUC, as an enlightened group of labour unionists, should indeed voice their indignation whenever such acts are being unearthed.
”However, the expectation will be for it to also raise the bar higher, in terms of the debate concerning the impact of such allegations on our ability, to create and retain employment, attract investment, improve the living conditions of its members and citizens, and how a preponderance of these heinous crimes decimates any gains being made in other spheres.
According to him, all these ills in their singular or combined form are consuming every nation, and Nigeria is no exception.
He, therefore, maintained that, ”we must hold the line and lock arms that way we rid ourselves of these existential issues whilst we grapple with those that are our own homegrown problems.
”This administration is committed to doing just that, and organisations like the TUC should be extending a hand in supporting such a fight that is in our collective interest,” he said.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
Labour Party dissociates self from CUPP lawsuit against FG
The Labour Party (LP) has dissociated itself from the lawsuit instituted against the Federal Government by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).
The National Chairman of LP, Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdulkadir, at a news conference on Monday in Abuja, said he and his party, which was a stakeholder in the organisation of the opposition parties, were not in support of the action.
“I have been forced to address this news conference by the recent media controversy as well as the action taken by an individual to sue service chiefs in the name of CUPP, an organisation that I am a relevant and senior member of.
“This decision, as well as many others taken by this individual, has not been one borne out of consultations among members but a decision exclusively his.
“This habit, therefore, brings the question of why he did not use his own Political Party, rather than an organisation comprising other political entities.
“An individual should not and cannot continue to act in the interest of the whole without due consultation and approvals.
“I want to state categorically, as a formidable stakeholder in CUPP, that I am against the action of suing the Federal Government on the issue of the continuous stay of the service chiefs.
“Let me also state that I and the Labour Party, do not support the federal government’s decision to continue to retain the Service Chiefs in the face of rising insecurity in the North East and other parts of the country.
“However, we would not also allow ourselves to be dragged or become a party to a circus suit aimed primarily at promoting an individual’s quest for popularity and misplaced political relevance rather than at exacting justice for the Nigerian people,” he said.
Abdulkadir added that the law suit, no matter how pleasing it sounds, is not geared towards yielding a decisively positive result in the Courts but is geared towards making mockery of our judicial processes.
According to him, the Labour Party and I, will not be a party to reducing our national institutions into a mere circus and I therefore distance myself from the law suit.
“We cannot embark on a ludicrous journey aimed at taking undue advantage of our judicial process.
“Even though, we are an opposition Party and a standing member of the CUPP, we cannot continue be a part of an individual’s quest to weaken our national institutions and systems, when we are striving and hoping to take control of them in the future.”
Abdulkadir said that other executive members had watched with dismay how some persons who were not members of the Steering Committee had ran away with the organisation meant to represent a coalition of over seventy individual political interests, without recourse to the Steering Committee or the sensibilities of other partners.
“This has gone on for a long time in spite of concerted and concerned calls from all and sundry.
“The CUPP is made up of mature, respectable and responsible individuals and entities, which may explain why a lot of restraint have been exercised and members have been refrained from having a public showdown,” he said.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Gov. AbdulRazak constitutes visitation panels to Kwara Poly, Aviation College
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has approved the constitution of visitation Panel for the Kwara State Polytechnic and International Aviation College, Ilorin.
In a statement, Hajiya Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu, Kwara Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology said on Monday that the visitation panel will be chaired by Dr. Fatai Bello.
She stated that Bello was Country Representative of the Global Fund, a United Nations’ agency in Nigeria and former Council member of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin.
According to her, other members of the panel include Mr Suleiman Talban Lafiagi; AbdulGaniyu Sani, a Chartered Accountant/ forensic audit expert; Muyideen Aliyu, Rtd Director of SSS; Mrs. Yetunde Adekeye, former Principal, School of Midwifery; and Hajiya Asmau Yusuf Saka, Rtd Banker/Accountant.
She disclosed that the Assistant Director of the Kwara State Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Ayansola Justina, will act as the secretary of the visitation panel.
Kawu-Modibbo also said the governor has also accepted the appointment of Prof. AbdulGaniyu Alabi, former Dean, College of Engineering, Kwara State University (KWASU), as chairman of International Aviation College Visitation Panel.
She noted that other members of the visitation panel are: Mr AbdulFatai Olajide, Private Chartered Accountant and Auditor as member, and Mrs Christina Amudipe, a Primary Health Consultant ad member, among others.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)