The Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service, Alhaji Abdullahi Inde Dikko, and the Nigerian Customs Service Board have been taken to court by a retired Comptroller of Nigerian Customs Service.
The Comptroller, Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo ,who was retired compulsorily in December 2009, took the defendants to the Federal High Court Abuja last week challenging his retirement.
Taiwo, in the suit filed by his lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo ,wants the court to award him N 500million for alleged wrongful termination and psychological trauma occasioned by â€œthe illegal acts of the Comptroller-General of Customs and the Nigerian Customs Service Boardâ€.
The retired Comptroller said he â€œis seeking a declaration that his compulsory retirement from the Customs is â€œillegal, null and void.â€
Taiwo is seeking the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja to reinstate him to the Nigerian Customs Service with all corresponding rights and privileges.
The retired Comptroller, averred that he was a â€œconscientious and diligent officer of the Nigeria Customs Service since he was employed by the organizationâ€, saying, he has neither attained the age of 60 years nor served for 35 years as stipulated by the rules that guided the Customs.
Taiwo said the Comptroller General or the Customs Service Board did not give any notice for his purported termination except â€œthat the termination was done due to purported on-going reforms.â€
He alleged that his retirement was as a result of malice.
Taiwo also wants the courtâ€™s order that all his salaries, emoluments and entitlements from the date of the purported retirement till the year 2015 when he was ordinarily due for retirement should be paid.
No date has been fixed for the hearing.