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MTN dragged to court for wrongful dismissal

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA — JUSTICE K.  Okpu of an Asaba High Court has adjourned hearing to June 2 in a N700 million civil suit instituted against MTN Nigeria Communications Limited by its former staff, Mr Kingsley Onyekachi Iwuagwu, against alleged wrongful dismissal and unlawful termination of appointment.

Iwuagwu had, in 2009, dragged MTN to court, alleging breach of contract.

In a statement of claims filed on his behalf by his legal counsel, Barnabas Iwuala, from  Professor J. I. J. Otuka, Chambers in Onitsha, in Suit A/273/09, the plaintiff, Iwuagwu, is also asking the court to declare that the termination of his employment and/or his dismissal by the defendant via a termination letter dated 19 March 2009 with effect from 20 March 2009 is wrongful and a serious breach of the terms of the letter of offer of employment dated 28 June 2004. 

The plaintiff also averred that his summary dismissal by the defendant without prior 30 days written notice, as contained in the letter of offer of employment dated 28 June 2004, is a breach of contract, adding that the defendant in its termination letter never gave any reason(s) for such summary dismissal.

When the case came up for hearing, the defence counsel, Mr. Kent Egbedi, drew the attention of the court to a motion on notice in which he is seeking for an order of extension of time to enable him tidy up necessary thing pertaining the case.

But in his objection to the motion for extension of time, Mr. Barnabas Iwuala, counsel to the plaintiff, told the court that the defendants have been applying delay tactics as a ‘corporate game’ to frustrate the claimant from getting justice.


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