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Court restores LASTMA official seven yrs after sack

By Abdulwahab Abdulah
Seven years after he was sacked from office, an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Olusegun  Dankuwo  has been restored back to work by an Ikorodu high court, which declared his sack as illegal, null and void.

Justice Hakeem Abiru who delivered the judgment against the authority held that his employment with the state civil service since he joined the government’s work still “subsists and is continuing.”

Although, the judgment was delivered late last year, LASTMA has refused to absorb Dankuwo back to work, despite the fact they did not file an appeal against the judgment of the court.

To this end, an appeal has gone to the Lagos state governor, Mr. Raji  Fashola, SAN, the Attorney General of Lagos state, the Commissioner for Transport in the state, the Lagos state Civil Service Commission and LASTMA to obey a court order granted against them since December, 2009.

Justice Abiru in his judgment ordered that the government should pay Dankuwo his unpaid monthly salaries and allowances from October 2003 till his employment is validly determined and also held that his employment with the state government still subsists and is continuing.

Part of the judgment read, “It is hereby declared that the employment of the claimant with the Lagos state Government as a civil servant as evidenced by the letter of employment dated the 7th of December, 1993 and confirmed by a letter dated the 25th of August, 1999 still subsists and is continuing.

“The claimant is entitled to his unpaid monthly salaries and allowances from October 2003 till date and for every month thereafter until his employment is validly determined and defendant is hereby ordered to effect payment of the outstanding entitlements forthwith.”

Dankuwo’s lawyer, Ebiwonjumi Obatayo had at different times written the Lagos state governor to use his good offices to ensure the authorities involved heed the court’s order. Dankuwo, who was transferred from the Ministry of transport to LASTMA in July 2000, was arrested on November 16, 2003 while on official duty and was detained for 19 days at Special Offences Court, Alausa after he was arraigned, tried and sentenced to six months imprisonment for having the sum of N10,000 on him.

Dankuwo at that time challenged his sentence in a suit at the high court, where he won but he was refused entry based on the judgment. Till date, he has not been re-instated and his salaries and allowances also not paid.


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