Staff Drags ITF To Court Over Sack

The Industrial Training Fund (ITF), has been dragged to the Industrial Court sitting in Jos, by one of its staff, Mr. Joseph Bitrus Musa, over a sacked letter terminating his appointment.

Mr. Musa is seeking for an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the ITF either by itself, agents, privies or any other person from terminating his service pending the determination of Suit No. NICN/Jos/56/2014, which he filed.

The suit also has one Hassan Umaru, the Director, Administration and Human Resources as Co-Respondent.

In the Amended Complaint filed by Musa’s Counsel, Bitrus Fwangshak (Esq), at the Industrial Court is also seeking an order of Court, setting aside the letters dated 9/12/2014 and 16/12/2014, purporting to terminate the client service of his client.

According to the claim of Mr. Joseph Musa, he want the Court to declare that the respondents lack the vires to compulsorily retire him from the service of the ITF and to also declare that his service can only be terminated by the Federal Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investments.

Furthermore, Mr. Joseph Bitrus, want the court to declare that, in view of the letter dated 3/11/2014 and received in the office of the Director General of the ITF on 4/11/2014, his service cannot in any way be terminated until there is a clarification thereof and for the Court to declare that by virtue of the circular dated 7/3/2014, with reference number OHCSF/062/vol.111/150, he has up to 2018 to retire from service.

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$2.1bn Arms Deal: Falana Drags Dasuki, Others To ICC

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana, has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate the allegation of diversion of the $2.1bn arms funds by a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), and some military and public officials.

Falana also called on the ICC to bring to justice those who diverted the funds meant for the empowerment of the country’s security forces.

In a petition dated January 19, 2016, and sent to the Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, Falana asked the ICC to invite the Federal Government to provide written or oral testimonies at the seat of the court on the stolen funds.

He alleged that the sum of $322m and £5.5m from the money stolen and stashed abroad by the late Gen. Sani Abacha, allegedly transferred to Dasuki by a former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to prosecute the war on terror, had been illegally diverted.

He said it was unfortunate that part of the stolen funds was used to fund the re-election campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 general elections.

Falana maintained that those who engaged in the criminal diversion of the security funds should be held liable for the death of about 25,000 people, who were killed by the Boko Haram sect and the over 2,000,000 people, who were displaced by the terrorists.

According to him, the Federal Government needs to fulfil its obligations by cooperating with the ICC to arrest suspected perpetrators of the stolen funds and provide other support to the ICC.

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Dasuki Drags FG To ECOWAS Court, Demands N500m Damages

Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (retd), has dragged the Federal Government before ECOWAS Court in Abuja over his continued detention. He is also demanding payment of N500 million damages for alleged rights infringement.
This is even as a Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday ordered the government to produce him by February 16.
Dasuki is also urging the sub-regional court to order his release forthwith.
In the suit filed by his lawyer, Robert Emukpoeruo, the former NSA is urging the court to declare among others, that his continued detention in defiance of orders for his bail granted by three courts, and after fulfilling the bail conditions, was “unlawful, arbitrary and an egregious violation” of his human rights.
The applicant also urged the ECOWAS Court to hold that it was, “a most egregious violation of the treaty obligations” signed by Nigeria under and by virtue of its being a signatory to legal instruments, to have unlawfully detained him under a “de-humanizing condition” after he had  been granted bail and met the conditions for his release.
Similarly, the former NSA would want the court to declare that the alleged invasion of his privacy, home and correspondence at his Abuja and Sokoto residences on July 16 and 17, 2015 and the “forceful and unlawful seizure” of his properties, “without any lawful order or warrant” constituted a gross violation of his fundamental rights and offended the country’s treaty obligations as a signatory to the listed legal instruments.

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N1.04trn Fine: MTN Drags FG To Court

MTN Group said yesterday that its Nigerian subsidiary, MTN Nigeria has resolved to sue the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) at the Federal High Court, Lagos to contest the imposition of N1.04 trillion fine for not deactivating 5.1 million pre-registered subscriber lines in August and September this year.

Acting on legal advice from its lawyers, MTN Nigeria said the manner of the imposition of the fine and the quantum thereof was not in accordance with the NCC’s powers under the Nigerian Communications Act and therefore there are valid grounds upon which to challenge the fine.

A statement issued to its Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) shareholders yesterday evening advised that all factors having a bearing on the matter have been thoroughly and carefully considered including a review of the circumstances leading to the fine and the subsequent letters received from the NCC.

Chris Maroleng, spokesman of MTN Group said MTN has followed due process and has instructed its lawyers to proceed with an action in the federal high court in Lagos seeking the appropriate reliefs.

He said the lawyers advised MTN “that in the current circumstances in line with the lis pendens rule (pending legal action) the parties are enjoined to restrain from taking further action until the matter is finally determined. This is consistent with previous judicial decisions in Nigeria.”

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Kogi: PDP Drags APC, INEC To Court

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday dragged the Federal Government, All Progressives Congress, APC, and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to court over plan to substitute the candidacy of late Abubakar Audu in the inconclusive gubernatorial election in Kogi State.

Rising from an emergency National Caucus meeting in Abuja, the party also demanded that INEC returns the incumbent governor, Capt. Idris Wada as winner of the November 21st gubernatorial election, as the APC candidate, who was leading in the inconclusive election died during the process.

The party also said the proposed supplementary election would no longer be necessary as APC is not backed by either the constitution or electoral laws to substitute its candidate within the election period.

The resolutions of the caucus are that it: “Completely rejects the decision of INEC in yielding to the unlawful prompting of a clearly partisan Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Mallam Abubakar Malami, to allow APC to substitute a candidate in the middle of an election, even when such has no place in the Constitution and the Electoral Act.

“Insists that with the death of its candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu, the APC has legally crashed out of the governorship race as no known law or constitutional provision allows the substituting of candidates, once the ballot process has commenced.

“Insists that with the unfortunate death of Prince Abubakar Audu, APC has no valid candidate in the election, leaving INEC with no other lawful option than to declare the PDP candidate, Capt. Idris Wada as the winner of the election.

“Notes that the combine reading of the provisions of the constitution and Electoral Act does not in any war whatsoever support the substitution of candidates for election in the middle of the ballot process.”

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NDDC Board Drags Buhari To Court

Members of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC board, have asked the National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja, to declare that President Muhammadu Buhari has no powers to sack them as their appointments are governed by statutes and for a fixed period, as same period has not expired.

It will be recalled that there were recent circulars from the office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, dated July 16, 2015, Ref. No. SGF.19/S.81/XIX/964 and July 23, 2015, Ref. No. SGF.55/S.2 that all boards stand dissolved. The Sen Bassey Ewa-Henshaw led board, through their counsel, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegborowa, is contending that the circular were wrongly applied to NDDC.

The claimants argued that by virtue of sections 2, 3 and 5 of the NDDA Establishment Act, they were entitled to four years unbroken tenure from December 16, 2013 to December 15, 2017 and they cannot be deprived of the said appointments, or removed from office, dissolved or their appointments terminated save and in accordance with the extant provisions of the said Act.

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Meek Mill Drops Another Diss Freestyle, Drags Nicki Minaj & Caitlyn Jenner Into the Beef

Though we (and the rest of the world) have already declared Drake the winner of this beef, Meek Mill can’t seem to accept defeat.

His latest non-wedgie-threatening freestyle, performed at the Pinkprint Tour’s stop not far from Philly last night, introduces a new scapegoat for this squabble: both men’s insecurity around Nicki Minaj. “Said I don’t think it’s ’bout no rapping, it’s ’bout Nicki,” he ponders. Then: “He told us he was first in line, but it got tricky / I still wake up with the lady that you said you first in line with.”

Though he quickly shifts back to his original talking points about authorship, again asking, “If Quentin Miller wrote that shit, what were we buying?” Then, like a Twitter comedian desperate for retweets, he borrows a page out of Eminem’s book, How to Be a Transphobe, and drops the mic on himself with a Caitlyn Jenner joke: “Niggas turn to hos, Caitlyn Jenners turn to Drizzy Drakes.”

And, yes, there are also Wheelchair Jimmy and “yo momma” jabs, in case you were wondering if we’ve reached peak playground fight yet.

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Niger Delta Group Drags FG To Court Over Oil Blocks

The federal government has been dragged to the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) by some aggrieved members of the oil producing community of the Niger Delta Region, asking the court to declare as unlawful and a violation of their fundamental right, the unilateral allocation of crude oil blocks to private Nigerians and their firms by the respondent.

The plaintiffs described the federal government’s action as a total disregard to rights of the people of the communities in whose lands the crude oil is located as entrenched in Article 21, 22 and 24 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right (ACHPR), as well as Article 1 (1-3) of the United Nation’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and Article 1 (1-3) and 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

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