The presiding Judge, Bauchi division of the National Industrial Court, His Lordship, Hon. Justice Kenneth Amadi has set aside the purported employment termination of Mrs Fati Alhassan from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, ordered reinstatement and payment of salaries, allowances and other benefits from January 2017 till date within 30 days.
The court held that the procedure stated for the investigation and removal of the Alhasan was not followed as provided by the conditions of service of the University.
Mrs Fati while challenging her termination stated that the composition of the committee set up to investigate the allegations on accommodation malpractices was faulty that the defendants acted on the report of the said Investigating Panel to terminate her appointment.
Counsel to the claimant, A.Y. Musa Esq maintained that the claimant has not committed any act of gross misconduct to warrant the punishment of termination of her appointment.
Counsel to the defendants, Ahmed Accanny Esq submitted that the defendants having materially complied with the conditions of service in terminating the claimant’s appointment and no allegation of breach of right to fair hearing that the defendants have complied materially with the conditions of service before terminating her appointment on the allegations she admitted.
Delivering Judgment, the presiding Judge, Justice Amadi held that the Respondents did not strictly follow the procedure as prescribed by the conditions of service of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in removing the claimant from office.
In all, the court ordered reinstatement of Alhassan with payment of salaries, allowances and other benefits from January 2017 till date and thereafter pay her until she retires or her employment properly terminated and the sum of N100,000 cost of action within 30 days failing which it shall attract 10% interest per annum until fully liquidated.