A former acting Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Mohammed Dauda, who was sacked from office, on Wednesday filed a suit before the National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja, asking the court to reinstate him to his former position. Dauda, a director of the agency before he became the acting head from November 2017, was reportedly dismissed from the agency through a letter dated March 6, 2018.
But in his suit filed on his behalf by his counsel, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dauda faulted the procedure adopted in dismissing him. He joined the Office of the Director-General of NIA and the NIA itself as first and second defendants respectively. In the suit marked NICN/ABJ/136/2018, Dauda contended that the procedure adopted by the defendants in the process leading to his purported dismissal failed to comply with Article 8(1) and (2) of the National Securities Agency Act (CAPS 278) 1986.
He also asked to hold that in view of the extant provisions of Article 8(1) and (2) of the National Securities Ac (CAPS 278) 1986, the retired Directors of NIA were not competent to sit as members in the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee which investigated the matter against him. He argued that the failure of the defendants to set up a competent Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee to look into the allegation levied against him constituted a violation of his constitutional right to fair hearing.
He asked the court to determine whether the purported letter dismissing him issued by the defendants on March 6, 2018 was not unlawful, null and void and of no effect whatsoever. He specifically urged the court to hold that the procedure adopted by the defendants in the process leading to his dismissal fell short of the provisions of Articles 8(1) and (2) of the National Securities Agency Act (Cap 278 LFN) 1986 and is null and void.
He argued that “in the circumstance” of the case he was entitled “to be reinstated as Director of NIA and Acting Director-General of NIA”. He also prayed the court for an order directing that he be paid his salaries and entitlements from the period of his unlawful dismissal to the point of his reinstatement. The court has yet to fix a date for the hearing.
Postpone General Elections To Allow Zamfara APC Field Candidates — AGF Tells INEC
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to allow the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara State field candidates for the general elections.
Malami, who doubles as the Minister of Justice, made the call in a letter to INEC dated February 13 and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria.
The minister said that INEC could not foreclose the right of a political party to participate in elections without recourse to the Act.
He said: “My office received a petition from the firm of M. A. Mahmud, (SAN) & CO, in respect of the need to urgently consider Sections 38 and 39 of the Electoral Act and extend the time for the APC Zamfara to field a gubernatorial candidate in the light of a Zamfara High Court judgment in suit No.ZMS/GS/52/2018.
“The letter was requesting that the subsisting judgment in the suit be upheld and respected by INEC, as the Court of Appeal has upheld the appeal with No. CA/S/23/2019; thus effectively annulling the grounds upon which the purported cancellation of the APC Primaries in Zamfara by INEC was based.”
Malami in the letter invited INEC to comply with the judgment of the Court of Appeal by admitting the results of the APC Zamfara State primaries.
He also invited INEC to comply with the provisions of Section 38 of the Electoral Act, which empowers the commission to postpone the election for the governorship, National Assembly and House of Assembly elections.
He said this was in view of the fact that since the Court of Appeal had upheld the primaries as valid, the APC in Zamfara State would need a little time to catch up with its contemporaries in the election.
He said: “Granting them this concession is not necessarily a favour but a right that inures to all contestants under similar circumstances.”
The AGF maintained that by the doctrine and principle of judicial precedence, the appeal superseded the Federal High Court’s position which foreclosed APC Zamfara State from fielding candidates in the February and March general elections.
Police Arrest 6 Yahoo Boys With 200 Female Pants In Delta, Says They Work For Native Doctors In Ijebu Ode
The police division in Okpanam community, Delta State has arrested six suspected ritualists with 200 female pants in the area.
The Acting Police Public Relations Officer in the State, ASP Chucks Orisewezie, who confirmed the arrest of the suspects, told newsmen in Asaba that they include: Chucks Okolie, Francis Ogbereh, Collins Ederah, Felix Nnamdi, Goodluck John, and Steve Akpokona.
“The suspects were arrested upon intelligence gathered by the police detectives in the bush of Okpanam community where they allegedly packaged the underwears into a sack and were about moving out of the area.
“The police detectives recovered two hundred female pants from the suspects including N120,000, some fetish materials, three cut-to-size guns. “They confessed that they were working for some native doctors in faraway Ijebu Ode in Ogun State”.
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