The court of appeal Abuja division has reinstated the former Director General DG, National Intelligence agency NIA Mohammed Dauda
Delivering the judgement Justice peter Ige said the evidence leading to the dismissal of Dauda was frivolous and lacking in merit.
The Judge also resolved all the contentious issues against NIA in favour of Dauda who is a respondent in the suit.
He then ordered that his salaries and entitlements since the day of dismissal from office be paid.
The appellate court also gave an order that the sum of N1million be paid to Dauda.
Justice Ige held further, Dauda should be allowed to retire in service in accordance with the stipulated laws adding that there is no evidence before the court that shows that the respondent has constituted any risk or breached any law.
The appellant appeal was there by dismissed for lacking in merit and the Industrial Court initial judgment was also affirmed
Dauda, acted as the head of security agency from November 2017 to January 2018,when he was replaced by an aide to president Muhammadu Buhari and spent just few months on the job before he was axed.
Dissatisfied by his unjust removal, Dauda challenged his removal in court, saying his dismissal from service did not follow the due process and was wrongful.
He argued that in contravention of the law, no special management staff of the disciplinary committee (SMSDC) was set up to investigate the charges against him,and he was not given any fair hearing afterwards
In an earlier judgement delivered by Justice Olufunke Anuwe of the industrial court division Abuja, had ordered the reinstatement of Mohammed Dauda as the head of National Intelligence Agency and payment of salaries and entitlements from March 2018 till date after it found that his dismissal fell short of the NIA Act.
In the judgment Justice Olufunke Anuwe also held that, under the agency’s rule, the appropriate committee to investigate disciplinary cases against management staff is the management staff disciplinary committee and not the special management staff disciplinary committee
Garry Ochigbo, Edited By Shakirat Alabi
Written by: Bukky Alabi
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